i290-13:   Digital Narratives

Wed. 9-12, room 205 South Hall

Prof. Nancy Van House
Elizabeth Churchill, PhD

Last updated 2/25/09 4:00 pm
Readings subject to change


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1 - Jan 21 -- Intro to the course


2 - Jan 28 - What is (are?) new media?

Digital storytelling

Readings - skim:

Lambert, Digital Storytelling Cookbook and Travelling Companion, 2007; ch. 1-2

Jane Stevens, Knight Digital Media Center Multimedia Training, Multimedia Storytelling

KQED’s digital storytelling handbook especially chs 1 & 2

Technology to look at:



New Media

Bolter, J. D. (2000) 'Remediation and the Desire for Immediacy'. Convergence, 6 (1) pp. 62-71 . Adapted from: Bolter, J. D.and Grusin, R. A. (1999) Remediation : Understanding New Media, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.

Manovich, L. (2003). New Media from Borges to HTML. In N.Wardrip-Fruin & N. Montfort (Eds.), The New Media Reader (pp. 13-25). Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press. (link changed to better version 1/27)

DO: Troll the internet for some digital storytelling/DIY that's of interest to you -- to continue our discussion from the end of last week's class.

3 - Feb. 4: User-generated content

Burgess, Jean. 2006. Hearing Ordinary Voices: Cultural Studies, Vernacular Creativity and Digital Storytelling. Continuum 20:201 - 214.

Jenkins, H. (2006) Introduction: "Worship at the Altar of Convergence": A New Paradigm for Understanding Media Change. Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide, pp. New York: New York University Press.

Wang, C. C.and Redwood-Jones, Y. A. (2001) Photovoice Ethics: Perspectives from Flint Photovoice. Health Education & Behavior, 28 (5) pp. 560-572.

New Orleans Video Voice Project:

guest speaker: Caricia Catalyani

New Orleans VideoVoice ProjectBlog

Video Voice Collective

Video Voice YouTube Site

4 - Feb. 11 - Narrative: what can we learn from narrative research about narrative structure and elements?

These readings aren't as long as they might appear -- read Squire and Franzosi for what they tell us about about classifying , describing , understanding types of narratives.

Squire, C. (2008) Approaches to Narrative Research. ESRC National Centre for Research Methods Review Paper.

Franzosi, R. (1998) Narrative Analysis -- or Why (and How) Sociologists Should Be Interested in Narrative. Annual Review of Sociology, 24. Covers more ground than Squire; read after Squire.

Propp's 31 basic functions and 7 characters

Ong, W. J. (1982) Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word, London: Methuen. Excerpts to be scanned and added 2/5/09

5 - Feb. 18 - Narratives: Self and Institutions

Linde, C., Schiffrin, D., Tannen, D.and Hamilton, H. E. (2005) Narrative in Institutions. Handbook of Discourse Analysis, pp. Wiley.

Orr, Julian E. (1996) Talking about Machines: An Ethnography of a Modern Job. Cornell University Press. Ch. 8: War stories of the service triangle. (light scan emailed; will re-do on another machine if I get a chance)

Selections from:

Linde, C. (1993) Life Stories: The Creation of Coherence, New York: Oxford University Press. (scanned and emailed 2/13)


6 - Feb. 25 - Visual Resources [still images]

all these readings are on bspace

Sontag, "The Image World" [Excerpt from On Photography] from Evans, J.and Hall, S. (1999) Visual Culture : The Reader, London ; Los Angeles, Calif.: SAGE Publications in association with the Open University.

Sturken, M.and Cartwright, L. (2001) Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture, Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press. ch 1: Practices of looking: images, power, and politics.

Jewitt, C., Oyama, R.and Van Leeuwen, T. (2001) Visual Meaning: A Social Semiotic Approach. Handbook of Visual Analysis, pp. 134-155. London: SAGE.

Optional: Lister, M., Wells, L., Van Leeuwen, T.and Jewitt, C. (2001) Seeing Beyong Belief: Cultural Studies as an Approach to Analysing the Visible. Handbook of Visual Analysis, pp. 61-91London: SAGE.

7 - March 4 - Visual Resources: comics

Madden, M. (2005) 99 Ways to Tell a Story : Exercises in Style, New York: Chamberlain Bros. excerpts.

Eisner, W. (2008) Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative : Principles and Practices from the Legendary Cartoonist, New York: W.W. Norton. (Selections) on bspace

Ryam Marie-Laure (2004). Narrative Across Media: The Languages of Storytelling. Excerpts.

To browse in class:

Mccloud, S. (1994) Understanding Comics : The Invisible Art, New York: HarperPerennial.

Mccloud, S. (2006) Making Comics : Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels, New York: Harper.

Mccloud, S. (2001) Reinventing Comics, New York: Perennial.


Comic Life

8 - March 11 - Visual Resources: Film [moving images; juxtapositioning and sequencing]

Readings TBA

Film excerpts to be viewed

9 - March 18 - Procedural Teaching and Learning; Do-It-Yourself

Ryle, “Knowing how and knowing that” (maybe; need to photocopy)

More readings TBA

Guest speaker: Aymin Shamma, Yahoo Research, on proceduralized instructables


SPRING BREAK no class March 25

10 - April 1 - Journalism and Digital Storytelling? Or more on DIY.


11 - 14 - Student-led sessions related to projects/topics

April 8: CHI; Elizabeth gone

15 - May 6 - Last class. Wrap-up, review, summary






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