Texts for English 25 (Spring 2021)

Texts for English 25 (S 2021)

Literature and the Information, Media, & Communication Revolutions


Books to Purchase (required)

The following two print books are required:

During the COVID-19 virus emergency, many students will not be on campus and physical access to the UCEN Bookstore and UCSB Library Course Reserves is constrained.  Therefore, students must purchase the two required print books for English 25 from an online vendor. Please search online for the two books listed below (these specific editions if possible) and purchase them to be shipped to your location as soon as possible. (You may also purchase ebook versions of these books if you prefer.)

Note: Books were also ordered for this course by the UCEN Bookstore, which has an online purchasing and delivery system, though their online web ordering interface is confusing and does not provide shipping delivery date information. See the UCEN Bookstore ordering page for English 25.

Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49
(Harper Perennial, 2006)
ISBN-13: 978-0060913076
(Please purchase this specific edition if possible: ISBN-13 number: 978-0060913076) (Same edition as ISBN-10: 006091307X)

Thomas Pynchon -- The Crying of Lot 49

William Gibson, Neuromancer
(ACE, 1984)
ISBN-13: 978-0441007462
(Please purchase this specific edition if possible: ISBN-13 number: 978-0441007462) (Same edition as ISBN-10: 0441007465)

William Gibson -- Neuromancer (this year's edition with green cover)


Online Readings (required)

All other readings are online either on the web or on the course GauchoSpace site.

See the course Schedule page, where readings are linked to online resources. These include a few paywalled materials requiring logging in through the campus VPN or Library proxy server (how to access), plus a few other materials in GauchoSpace requiring your UCSBNetID.

Because so many readings are online (an increasingly prevalent trend in college courses), students will need to develop a method or workflow for themselves that optimizes their ability to study the materials. While everyone has their own personal preferences and technical constraints, the following guide includes suggested options for handling online materials: Guide to Downloading and Managing Online Readings