Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary

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Abstract (in English): 

Hayles’s book is designed to help electronic literature move into the classroom. Her systematic survey of the field addresses its major genres, the challenges it poses to traditional literary theory, and the complex and compelling issues at stake. She develops a theoretical framework for understanding how electronic literature both draws on the print tradition and requires new reading and interpretive strategies. Grounding her approach in the evolutionary dynamic between humans and technology, Hayles argues that neither the body nor the machine should be given absolute theoretical priority. Rather, she focuses on the interconnections between embodied writers and users and the intelligent machines that perform electronic texts.

Through close readings of important works, Hayles demonstrates that a new mode of narration is emerging that differs significantly from previous models. Key to her argument is the observation that almost all contemporary literature has its genesis as electronic files, so that print becomes a specific mode for electronic text rather than an entirely different medium. Hayles illustrates the implications of this condition with three contemporary novels that bear the mark of the digital.

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To see electronic literature only through the lens of print is, in a significant sense, not to see it at all.

The immediacy of code to the text's performance is fundamental to understanding electronic literature, especially to appreciating its specificity as a literary and technical production.

[T]he computational media intrinsic to electronic textuality have necessitated new kinds of critical practice, a shift from literacy to what Gregory L. Ulmer calls "electracy."

Electronic Literature extends the traditional functions of print literature in creating recursive feedback loops between explicit articulation, conscious thought, and embodied sensorimotor knowledge.


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Title Author Publisher Yearsort descending
Digital Poetry Leonardo L. Flores
Born Digital: Writing Poetry in the Age of New Media Maria Engberg 2007
Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary: Website Accompaniment 2008
Písanie v interaktívnych médiách. Digitálna fikcia /Writing in the Interactive Media. Digital Fiction Zuzana Husárová 2009
Anthological and Archaeological Approaches to Digital Media: A Review of Electronic Literature and Prehistoric Digital Poetry Stephanie Boluk Postmodern Culture 2009
The Gothic in Contemporary Interactive Fictions Van Leavenworth 2010
The Machine in the Text, and the Text in the Machine Manuel Portela DHQ Digital Humanities Quarterly 2010
Collecting digital literature in Europe J. R. Carpenter Jacket2 2011
Transdução: Processos de Transferência na Literatura e Arte Digitais Álvaro Seiça 2011
Arte Digital: Pixel, Algoritmo, Código, Programação e Dados Álvaro Seiça idearte 2011
Digital Art and Meaning: Reading Kinetic Poetry, Text Machines, Mapping Art, and Interactive Installations Roberto Simanowski University of Minnesota Press 2011
An interview with Maria Engberg David Thomas Prater, Maria Engberg Cordite Poetry Review 2011
Further, Reading Scott Rettberg Vagant 2011
Arte Digital: Pixel, Algoritmo, Código, Programação e Dados Álvaro Seiça idearte 2011
Digital Literature: Theoretical and Aesthetic Reflections Luciana Gattass 2011
Электронная литература: неизвестное неизвестное. Mikhail Viesel New Literary Observer 2011
“Som å lese en film”: Elevers lesing av elektronisk litteratur Pål Fredrik Børresen 2011
A Short History of Electronic Literature and Communities in the Nordic Countries Hans Kristian Rustad Dichtung Digital 2012
E-Borges: Stuart Moulthrop’s Victory Garden Álvaro Seiça Op. Cit.: Revista de Estudos Anglo-Americanos/A Journal of Anglo-American Studies 2012
"A Machine Made of Words by a Machine Made of Numbers"- Authorial Presence in Niemi’s Stud Poetry David Boyles 2012
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