A> Syllabus Review

B> Overview Questions

(You may not be prepared to answer these until the end of the semester!)

1. What are the important concepts (interactivity, play, story, agency) and genre conventions (hypertext, net.art, e-poetry, vispo) organizing the varied kinds of work within electronic literature? What reconfigurations to prior genre conventions and understanding of text objects can we observe? How does the "remediation" of classic genres transpire? Do multi-, hybrid- and inter- media overwhelm genre thinking?
2. How do art makers integrate technological concepts, specific tools, and their social implications into art? (database, interactivity, algorithm, open source, modularity; blogs, wikis, podcasts?) How does the saturation of the social world and the terms of specific media devices (cable tv, video-game, mobile phone) inform literature?
3. How can the practices of print literary study be adapted to the reading (playing) of digital literature? Where do new media leave the material book? What disciplinary and interdisciplinary interpretive frames best apply? What do we gain by considering new media from the perspective of electronic literature, rather than such disciplinary categories as performance, experimental music, or computer science? (Deconstruction, reader response, poetics; performance art, game theory, “ergodics”? )
4. Does the advent of "new media" constitute a paradigm shift, a fresh chapter, or only the illusion of change for literature? Does “game play” constitute a new, discrete cultural form of expression? To what degree is new technology enabling, determining, or limiting?
5. How is the writer and the activity of writing reconceptualized? (FLARF, singular genius vs. collaborative writing) How is the reader and the activity of reading/consuming reconceptualized? (navigate, launch, operate)

C> Sampling Eliterature and Some Claims About it:


Strickland, Stephanie. Born Digital. Poetry.org

Joyce, Michael. Twelve Blue. ELC

Coover, Robert. “The End of Books” <Eres> and online

Reading Rebooted – IUPDHC website

Next Class

You will read the following, but there will be no student presentations. I will give you models of both a CFA and an MSA. I will send you an email when the Moodle discussion group is up and running. Next week in class, I'll also show you how this wiki works.


Jackson, Shelly. My Body. ELCv1

Rosenberg, Jim. Diagrams.

Coover, Roderick. Voyage Into the Unknown.

Coover, Robert. Literary Hypertext: The Passing of the Golden Age.

Hayles. Electronic Literature. Chap. 1. E Lit What Is It (also online)

Landow, George. “Reconfiguring the Text” from _Hypertext 3.0_ <ERes>