This week will serve as an introduction to the course, provide a brief introduction to the field of electronic literature, and start a discussion about the way in which digital writing intersects with traditional writing and social practices around reading. Some key ideas that I want to keep in mind this week are reproducibility, imitation, expression, and the reasons for creating works of literature. The task this week is to start thinking about what kind of project you would like develop for your final project.
Slides from this week.
- Electronic Literature: What is it? by N. Katherine Hayles. This provides an overview of the field of electronic literature.
- The Electronic Literature Collection 1. Take some time to look at several of the works in the collection. The note of any problems you encounter in experiencing these works.
By looking specifically at “electronic literautre,” the aim is to be able to identify some of the opportunities and challenges offered by digital writing in general.
In Class Activities
- Perform “digital audit” about current digital writing practices and aims for the module.
- Start “blue sky” thinking about final projects.
Additional Reading / Viewing
Electronic Literature Course from EdX
Acid Free Bits by Nick Montfort and Noah Wardrip-Fruin
The Future of Storytelling Vimeo: this is a conference in NY; they have posted a series of very interesting videos about the future of storytelling on their Vimeo page:
Margaret Atwood: A State of Wonder – Future of Storytelling: animated video talk
Karen by Blast Theory
Jellybone by Kate Pullinger
Pry by Samantha Gorman and Danny Cannizzaro
What is e-lit? – eliterature.org/what-is-e-lit
Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 1 – collection.eliterature.org/1
Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 2 – collection.eliterature.org/2
ELMCIP Anthology of European Electronic Literature – anthology.elmcip.net
I ♥ E-Poetry – iloveepoetry.com
I ♥ E-Poetry Games – iloveepoetry.com/?p=10359
Drablr: Streaming Drabbles 100 words at a time – drablr.com
A History of the Drabble – drablr.com/history-of-the-drabble
How to Write a Drabble – drablr.com/how-to-write-a-drabble
The Hangup – by Mary Flanagan & Nick Montfort – nickm.com/poems/the_hangup.html
Lede – by Nick Montfort – nickm.com/poems/lede.html
jason.nelson’s.digital.poetry.interfaces – heliozoa.com
P.o.E.M.M series (Poems for Excitable Mobile Media) by Jason Edward Lewis & Bruno Nadeau – www.poemm.net
Blackbar – by Neven Mrgan & James Moore – mrgan.com/blackbar/press
ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base – elmcip.net/knowledgebase
The New Media Reader – edited by Noah Wardrip-Fruin & Nick Montfort, MIT Press, 2003
Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary – by N. Katherine Hayles, University of Notre Dame Press, 2008