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Identity Log: Over the course of the quarter, you will keep and maintain a weekly "identity log" or "iLog," recording, detailing, and thinking about your own identities and identifications, particularly those mediated by and through technologies. Your "iLog" will function as a kind of identity workbook, an analytical and metacognitive journal, and reading notes, connecting your observations and experiences to the texts, theories, and ideas of the class. Periodically, you will be given specific log prompts, provocations, and experiments, and you will share your logs in class, on the class blog, or via the class's social media. These logs are more than just summaries or personal reactions and will be evaluated on completion, clarity, focus, coherence, critique, and your ability to concisely formulate arguments. Each log will earn a check, check plus, check minus, or zero, and in total, will constitute 30% of your final grade.
Mediating Identities Collaboratory: As a class project, you will contribute to and collectively curate an online collaboratory via the social media platform Tumblr. The Tumblr is a collaborative space, a collection of identity artifacts, and is for continued class discussion. The Tumblr will be for public archiving and curating of materials related to our class, to the readings, and to your own intellectual and analytical discoveries. You will be invited to be a contributor. Once invited, start posting things relevant to the class and the week's main ideas. Comment on the artifacts other people post. Participating on the Tumblr counts toward overall class participation and the Tumblr may be used for iLog assignments as well. Be thoughtful, make connections, stay relevant, maintain respect. Happy collecting!
CHID 480 F Midterm Exam: The form and shape of your midterm exam is as follows (make sure to follow the directions carefully, see the full midterm prompt): You will write three short critical response papers. Each critical response paper is a maximum of 2-3 pages. Essay #1 must address Neuromancer and the theories, critical interventions, and readings of Week 1 or 2. Essay #2 must address Neuromancer and any other of the first weeks' theories, interventions, and readings. Essay #3 must develop, expand, and revise one of your Identity Logs, drawing more fully and specifically on relevant readings. Each essay should follow MLA manuscript format, citation, and must include a bibliography.
CHID 480 F Final Exam: The form and shape of your midterm exam is as follows (make sure to follow the
directions carefully, see the full final exam prompt): You will write three short critical response papers. Each critical response paper
is a maximum of 2-3 pages. Essay #1 must address Dawn and the theories, critical interventions, and readings of a week of
your choosing from the second half of the quarter (week five through week ten). Essay #2 must address Dawn or Bioshock and any
other of the last weeks’ theories, interventions, and readings. Essay #3 must address and define "technological identity," substantively
revising iLog #8 and drawing on the whole of the class. Your definition should extend, reconfigure, or challenge any of the definitions of
"identity" we have covered in the course. Each essay should follow MLA manuscript format, citation. Turn in as one document with a combined
The following are handouts, informational sheets, and readings that will be assigned or used over the course of the quarter. Each student will recieve a copy of each as a handout in class during the appropriate week. If you miss a sheet, feel free to print out a new copy.
CHID 480 Student Info Sheet & Release Form
Ed's Top Ten List of "Ways to Survive University"
Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing
MLA Citation and Bibliographic Format
All of the readings for class are available via the Course Reader (for sale at Ave Copy, 4141 Univ. Way @ 42nd), or through the university’s online course reserves, or directly from the web. There are two other required texts and 2 recommended texts, which are available at the UW Bookstore (or through any reputable bookstore, many of which can be found at used bookstores). Consult the course syllabus for the week each reading will be covered in class. There are three touchstone texts for the class:
Bioshock. Quincy, MA: Irrational Games, 2007.
Butler, Octavia. Dawn. New York: Aspect, 1987.
Gibson, William. Neuromancer. New York: Ace Books, 1984.
Moreover, the following is a full list of the class readings by week:
Week One: What is Identity?
Foucault, Michel. “Technologies of the Self.” Technologies of the Self: A Seminar with Michel Foucault. Eds. Luther H. Martin, Huck Gutman, and Patrick H. Hutton. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 1988. 16-49.
Kaplan, Carla. “Identity.” Keywords for American Cultural Studies. Eds. Bruce Burgett and Glenn Hendler. New York: NYU Press, 2007. 123-127.
Week Two: Identity and the Everyday
Davis, Fred. "Chapter One: Do Clothes Speak?” Fashion, Culture, and Identity. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992. 1-18.
Davis, Fred. "Chapter Two: Identity, Ambivalence, Fashion’s Fuel.” Fashion, Culture, and Identity. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992. 19-30.
Goffman, Erving. “Introduction.” The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. New York: Anchor Books, 1959. 1-16.
Gunn, Tim. "Introduction.” A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style. New York: Abrams, 2007. 11-31.
Hebdige, Dick. “Introduction: Subculture and Style.” Subculture: The Meaning of Style. London: Routledge, 1979. 1-4.
Hebdige, Dick. “Chapter One: From Culture to Hegemony.” Subculture: The Meaning of Style. London: Routledge, 1979. 5-19.
Hebdige, Dick. “Chapter 7: Style as Intentional Communication.” Subculture: The Meaning of Style. London: Routledge, 1979. 100-112.
Week Three: Cyberspace+Identity
Barlow, John Perry. “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace.” Electronic Frontier Foundation. 8 Feb. 1996. 26 Mar. 2010. https://projects.eff.org/~barlow/Declaration-Final.html.
McHugh, Maureen. “A Coney Island of the Mind.” Isaac Asimov's Cyberdreams. Eds. Gardner Dozois and Shiela Williams. New YOrk, Ace Books, 1994. 83-90.
McHugh, Maureen. “Virtual Love.” Nebula Awards 30. Eds. Pamela Sargent. New YOrk, Harcourt Brace, 1996. 99-110.
The Mentor. “The Hacker Manifesto." Phrack. 8 Jan. 1986. 23 Mar. 2012. http://www.phrack.org/issues.html?issue=7&id=3&mode=txt.
Rheingold, Howard. “Introduction.” The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1993. 1-16.
Rheingold, Howard. “Chapter Five: Multi-User Dungeons and Alternate Identities.” The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1993. 145-1756
Turkle, Sherry. “Introduction: Identity in the Age of the Internet." Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995. 9-26.
Turkle, Sherry. “Chapter Seven: Aspects of the Self." Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995. 177-209.
Week Four: Cyberspace+Gender+Sexuality
Butler, Judith. “The Heterosexual Matrix in 'Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire.'" Gender Trouble. New York: Routledge, 1990. 42-44.
Dibbell, Julian. “A Rape in Cyberspace.” My Tiny Life: Crime and Passion in a Virtual World. New York: Owl Books, 1998. 11-30.
Stone, Allucquere Rosanne. “Introduction: Sex, Death, and Machinery, or How I Fell in Love with My Prosthesis.” The War of Desire and Technology at the End of the Mechanical Age. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1995. 1-32.
Turing, Alan. “The Imitation Game in 'Computing Machinery and Intelligence.'” Mind. 65:236 (Oct. 1950): 433-435.
Wakeford, Nina. “Sexualized Bodies in Cyberspace” Beyond the Book: Theory, Culture, and the Politics of Cyberspace. Eds. Warren Chernaik, Marilyn Deegan, and Andrew Gibson. London: Centre for English Studies, University of London, 1996. 93-104.
Wakeford, Nina. “Cyberqueer." The Cybercultures Reader. Eds. David Bell and Barbara M. Kennedy. New York: Routledge, 2000. 403-415.
Week Five: Cyberspace+Race
Gibson, William. “Johnny Mnemonic." Burning Chrome. New York: Ace Books, 1987. 1-22.
Hansen, Mark B. N. "Digitizing the Racialized Body or The Politics of Universal Address." SubStance. 33:2 (2004): 107-133.
Jenkins, Henry. “Cyberspace and Race.” Technology Review. Apr. 2002. 23 Sep. 2006. http://www.technologyreview.com/printer_friendly_article.aspx?id=12797.
Nakamura, Lisa. "Chapter Three: Race in the Construct." Cybertypes: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity on the Internet. New York: Routledge, 2002. 61-85.
Nakamura, Lisa. “Introduction.” Digitizing Race: Visual Cultures of the Internet. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2008. 1-35.
Week Six: Posthumanism+Identity
Doctorow, Cory. “0wnz0red.” A Place So Foreign and 8 More. New York: Four Walls Eight Windows, 2003. 208-243.
Foster, Thomas. “Introduction: Cyberpunk's Posthuman Afterlife.” The Souls of Cyberfolk: Posthumanism as Vernacular Theory. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2005. xi-xxix.
Hayles, N. Katherine. “Chapter One: Toward Embodied Virtuality.” How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999. 1-24.
“The Transhumanist Declaration.” World Transhumanist Association. 23 Mar. 2012. http://transhumanism.org/resources/TenQuestions.pdf.
"Transhumanist FAQ." Extropy Institute. 23 Mar. 2012. http://www.extropy.org/faq.htm.
Wolfe, Cary. “Introduction: What is Posthumanism?” What is Posthumanism?. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2010. xi-xxxiv.
Week Seven: Posthumanism+Gender+Sexuality
Haraway, Donna. “A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century.” Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature. New York: Routledge, 1991. 149-182.
Jesser, Nancy. “Blood, Genes, and Gender in Octavia Butler’s Kindred and Dawn.” Extrapolation. 43:1 (2002): 36-61.
Juang, Richard M. “Transgendering the Politics of Recognition.” The Transgender Studies Reader Eds. Susan Stryker and Stephen Whittle. New York: Routledge, 2006. 706-720.
Stone, Sandy. “The Empire Strikes Back.” The Transgender Studies Reader Eds. Susan Stryker and Stephen Whittle. New York: Routledge, 2006. 221-235.
Stryker, Susan. “(De)Subjugated Knowledges: An Introduction to Transgender Studies.” The Transgender Studies Reader Eds. Susan Stryker and Stephen Whittle. New York: Routledge, 2006. 1-18.
Week Eight: Posthumanism+Race
DuBois, W.E.B. “Of Our Spiritual Strivings.” The Souls of Black Folk. New York: Dover, 1994. 1-8.
Foster, Thomas. “Chapter Five: The Souls of Cyberfolk: Performativity, Virtual Embodiment, and Racial Histories.” The Souls of Cyberfolk: Posthumanism as Vernacular Theory. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2005. 137-170.
Gilroy, Paul. “Introduction." Against Race: Imagining Political Culture Beyond the Color Line. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press, 2000. 1-8.
Gilroy, Paul. “Chapter One: The Crisis of ‘Race’ and Raciology.” Against Race: Imagining Political Culture Beyond the Color Line. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press, 2000. 11-53.
Week Nine: Identity+Politics
Alcoff, Linda Martín. “The Political Critique of Identity.” Articles. Linda Martín Alcoff's Website. 22 Mar. 2012. http://www.alcoff.com/content/chap2polcri.html.
Alcoff, Linda Martín. “Who’s Afraid of Identity Politics?” Articles. Linda Martín Alcoff's Website. 22 Mar. 2012. http://www.alcoff.com/content/afraidid.html.
Althusser, Louis. "Ideology Interpellates Individuals as Subjects in 'Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses.'" Marxists Internet Archive. April 1970. 22 Mar. 2012. http://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/althusser/1970/ideology.htm.
Clifford, James. “Taking Identity Politics Seriously.” Without Guarantees: Essays in Honour of Stuart Hall. Eds. Paul Gilroy, Lawrence Grossberg, and Angela McRobbie. London: Verso, 2000: 94-112.
Munoz, Jose Esteban. “Introduction: Performing Disidentifications.” Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 1999. 1-34.
Week Ten: Identity+Games
Galloway, Alexander. “Chapter Three: Social Realism.” Gamer: Essays on Algorithmic Culture. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2006. 70-84.
Koster, Raph. “A Declaration of the Rights of Avatars.” Raph Koster's Website. 27 Aug. 2000. 22 Mar. 2012. http://www.raphkoster.com/gaming/playerrights.shtml.
McGonigal, Jane. “Growing Up Gamer." AvantGame. Sep. 2008. 22 Mar. 2012. http://www.avantgame.com/growing_up_gamer_mcgonigal_sept2008.pdf.
Nardi, Bonnie. “Chapter Eight: Gender.” My Life as a Night Elf Priest: An Anthropological Account of World of Warcraft. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2010. 152-175.
Waggoner, Zach. “Chapter One: Videogames, Avatars, and Identity: A Brief History.” My Avatar, My Self: Identity in Video Role-Playing Games. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009. 3-20.
Wark, McKenzie. “Allegory (on The Sims).” Gamer Theory. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007. Par. 26-50.
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