In the previous class, we learned about evolution as a driver of biological change. But other kinds of change function in quite similar ways, and today we will use the metaphor of evolution to consider changes in human communication over time. We will look at how English has evolved over the past several centuries, and how it is still
evolving today in our increasingly digital world. We will also consider how books and novels have evolved through different formats, styles and practices that reflect the societies producing them.
You’ll have the chance to consider these topics in your own competition entries—and remember, top entries have the chance to win prizes!
Keep in mind you are not expected to read every class cover to cover: we’ve provided lots of links to further reading and extra material, but you are welcome to focus on what is most interesting to you.