The Literary Machine: Blogging the Literature Course*

This essay, commissioned and written during summer 2006, was published in December 2009 in a volume edited by Ian Lancashire, entitled Teaching Literature and Language Online, as part of the MLA’s Options for Teaching Series. The article explores my initial experiment, conducted during Fall 2003, with using blogs as a part of my class structure.

That the article will be released six years after the experiments, and three and a half years after it was written, might serve as confirmation of one of the problems with traditional academic publishing structures, as I explore in Planned Obsolescence: appalling lag times. Many of the conclusions that this article reaches cannot help but feel dated now; what might have been possible if this volume had been published online?