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UPDATE: Check out this video demonstration of the whole process.

For this assignment, I’m asking you to widen the discourse field of our inquiry into adaptations. Your job is to add a node (a text) to our map of intertextuality, according to some basic rules:

  • you must connect with (relate) your new node to at least one node that already exists
  • your new node must be unique; and yes, different editions of the same book are unique
  • your new node should include the appropriate icon and one representative image from your text
  • your node should be accompanied by an explanatory post on our group blog site.

I’m asking you to complete ten of these throughout the semester, so if you do the math, you’ll notice that this is going to get pretty complex. That’s OK. Part of what I think we’ll discover is just how messy and convoluted adaptation is when we apply it as a theory of textual relations.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to adding and posting your vectors.

1. Getting things ready:

  • Select a text you want to add as a node
  • Make sure you have editing access to the drawing document
  • Find an image related to your text (a thumbnail of the cover art is good)
  • Make sure you know how to use your computer to capture and edit a screenshot (Windows instructions, Mac instructions)

2. Add your vector

  • Edit the document to include your vector.
  • Follow the conventions established in the initial nodes

3. Capture a screenshot of your new node

  • When you crop it, make sure that at least one vector is visible

4. Add a post to the group blog

  • Make sure that the category selected is “Vector”
  • Insert your cropped image at the top of your post
  • Give your post a title with a format like “Vector: Orpheus and Eurydice -> Don’t Look Back”
  • In the post, provide about ~200 words of commentary and analysis, justifying the connection you’re making and explaining why it’s a valuable contribution to our discussion

5. Submit your vector in Canvas

  • This is important.
  • Find the appropriate Vector assignment and submit the URL of the blog vector post you’ve just created.
  • This is very important.

6. Relax!

  • You’re done.