English (ENGL) 475

Literature and Hypertext (Revision 1)

ENGL 475

ENGL 475 is permanently closed, effective April 30,2018.

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online.

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: ENGL 211 and ENGL 212 or equivalent first year English courses and one senior level English course.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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ENGL 475 has a Challenge for Credit option.


ENGL 475 is designed to introduce students to the study of the relationships between literary forms and digital media. Hypertext is composed of blocks of words, screens and images linked together electronically through multiple paths. Unlike the printed text, hypertext can only exist electronically. This course is organized into three parts: hypertext as an artistic medium, the politics of hypertext, and hypertext and literary studies.


Over a work schedule of 19 weeks students will read texts and hypertexts on the following topics: the archival text, the multiform story, visual narrative, game narrative, the rhetoric of hypertext, interactivity, cyberculture, theory and technology and the debate on new media. Students are expected to participate in the discussion board.


To receive credit in ENGL 475, you must achieve a minimum grade of 50 percent on each assignment and a course composite grade of at least "D" (50 percent). The weight of each course assignment is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1 30%
Assignment 2 30%
Assignment 3 30%
Discussion Board 10%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Landow, George P. Hypertext 3.0: Critical Theory and New Media in an Era of Globalization (2006). Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

McLuhan, Marshall and Quentin Fiore. The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects. Corte Madera, CA: Gingko Press, 2001.

Murray, Janet H. Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace. New York: The Free Press, 1997.

  • MYST Masterpiece Edition, 1999 (for PC). Please contact the AU Library to borrow a copy.

*Note: If you require a Mac version of MYST, contact the AU library

  • Coverley, M.D. Califia. Watertown, MA: Eastgate Systems, 2000. (CD-ROM for PC)


  • Jenik, Adriene. Mauve Desert: A CD-ROM Translation. Los Angeles: Shifting Horizon Productions, 1997. CD-ROM for Macintosh.

Special Instructional Features

Students must have access to a computer with the minimum of a 4.X+ browser—either Netscape or Microsoft Explorer—a Pentium, Celeron or faster processor, Intel or Intel compatible running Windows 95 or better, 16 MB of RAM, a 4X CD-ROM drive, a sound card and speakers.

For Macintosh users contact the course professor first.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ENGL 475 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on both the essay and the examination.

Activity Weighting
Essay 50%
Exam 50%
Total 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, August 14, 2002.