Writing: From Manuscript to the Digital Age
Consider the changes writing as a practice, craft and function has gone through in history. Discuss the evolution of how we receive texts. Think about how reading will continue to evolve in the digital age.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- Analyse a range of historical, cultural and material contexts of the production and consumption of written text
- Investigate and discuss technologies of writing and their impact on writing and reading practices
- Evaluate different forms of writing in the context of their experience and environment
- Appraise their own reading and writing practices
- Acquire and apply skills appropriate to various forms of writing
- From orality to writing
- Reflective writing and reading
- Medieval manuscript to print: text, authorship, literacy
- Pages and books: publishing, copyright
- Writing: tools, cognition, memory
- From mind to page: writing process
- The reader and the writing
- Final creative writing task - embedded writing (preparation)
- Computational machines and digital writing
- Writing in a digital social network, games
- Narrative and social media
- Look back and reflect
You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- MAQ-ENGX231-Writing: From Manuscript to the Digital Age (No longer available)
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:one of
- MAQ-ENGX1021-An Introduction to Creative Writing
- MAQ-ENGX120-Approaches to English Literature (No longer available)
- Other requirements -
Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This subject's focus is on writing as practice, craft and function in historical and cultural contexts of reading and writing. What have changes in writing conventions, technologies, and distribution or publication meant for ways in which writing is read and received? We are living at a time of radical changes in now we think about writing and reading texts, but writing practices also have historical foundations that may be applied in new ways in digital, paper, and other environments. Reading practices too are changing in the digital age, but there have always been different approaches to reading that have affected our understanding of writing and text. Students will consider the context, practice and process of their own writing and reading in relation to wider cultural and historical influences. Assessment for this subject aims to develop students' critical, reflective and research skills in factual and creative writing.
- Practic- based tasks (20%)
- Reflective writing (15%)
- Quiz (15%)
- Creative work (50%)