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April 14, 2007

EL312: ur gonna luv this, 4real :-D (Karissa and Jay's project)

Survey time: Who doesn't have a friend that still emails them in "chat-speak"?
Um, right. If you said you didn't, you're probably lying (or you have anal-retentive friends all around). Our generation is slipping into the language of our leisure--IM chat-speak. With its pervasiveness, IM language is becoming a genre all its own. It has conventions like any other, and develops as the technology does. Although many find IM language to be a lack of form, the reality of the language is that the lack of "form" creates the newer version of form.

If IM is a genre, then it must be a form. How, if literature is presented in the form of IM, does formalism apply? Does the form matter to the literature or can literary concepts be presented out of their original form and retain their value? (There are already books written completely in IM, but they're directed and about teens only. But as we well know, IM chats aren't just about the loves of our lives and who was wearing what--I know that personally I've had some serious philosophical and literary discussions online...)

We intend to explore these concepts and provoke answers to these questions in our use of the play "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams. We will present scenes from this play to you as never seen before--via IM.

Jay Pugh and I will discuss all of this in class tomorrow night. We have some media to share and some questions to ask... so get redy 4 tha present8n dat wil rawk, yo.

Project Proposal -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

Posted by KarissaKilgore at April 14, 2007 11:19 PM


Great work. I guess aim chat is it's own literary form. Or at least it can be. Good job.

Posted by: Mitchell Steele at April 20, 2007 10:48 AM

Thanks, Mitchell! I'm glad you enjoyed our presentation :)

Posted by: Karissa at April 21, 2007 1:30 AM

u c ths yt?


Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at April 23, 2007 4:22 PM

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