Student Web Projects

Eng 4: "War, Literature and its Representation" (Spring 2006)
Final Project Assignment:
This course focused on representations of war in various literary forms. Students presented their final essays (a 5-6 page critical analysis of a literary work read during the quarter) our culture’s central technology for communication and representation: the Internet. Students built individual webpages to present their essays and connected these individual websites to a group homepage. Projects were evaluated on: a) the content (the essay's argument, analysis, and coherence), b) the presentation of content in a design that supports and enables it, 3) the cohesion of the site as a whole (the connection between the individual essays and webpages). As we learned in class, form enables content. Thus, while presentation is a central component of web communication, web design and format must support the essay's content. Students did not receive extra points for embellishments (complicated programming, flashy graphics, etc.) if they do not add to the critical argument.

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Jaime Castillo

"Art Speigelman's Memorial to Human Experience: In The Shadow of No Towers 'Before 9/11'"

Rayeon Kim

"Stuart Moulthrop's Victory Garden: The Responsibility of Reading"

James Schoensiegel

"The Haunting in/of Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried"


Leah Overton

"Identity in
Cythia Ozick's The Shawl"


Therese Wong

"The Role of the Material Object: The Comic and the Book in Art Speigelman's In The Shadow of No Towers"

Matt Pelle

"Patriotism and the Graphic Novel: Art Speigelman's In The Shadow of No Towers"


Eng 88, Undergraduate Seminar: "Digital Literature" (Winter 2006)
Final Project Assignment:
Students wrote (5-6 page) essays that critically examined a work of digital literature read during the quarter. The essays pursued a thesis statement to critically analyze the aesthetic strategy of the work in its digital context. Students approached the essay either by pursuring a general topic about digital literature (i.e. problems of accessibility or obsolescence in online literature) or by focusing on a specific work of digital literature and conducting an in-depth analysis of one aspect of this work (example: why Chroma uses the Perform Text and View Text registers). Students were graded on the quality of their argument and its support as well as the presentation of this content online. The works we've read this quarter show the relationship between form and content to be vital and inseparable. Keeping with this methodology, the design and form of the projects must support and prove the argument about the literary work.

Songe Laron

"Race and Cyberspace
in Erik Loyer's Chroma"

Julie Sladek

"Identity and the Internet in
Erik Loyer's Chroma and Deena Larsen's Disappearing Rain"

Qumber Jafri

"No Access: The Problem of Inaccessibilty in Electronic Literature"


Pedram Ghasri

"Remediation as an Aesthetic Strategy"