Electronic Literature & Its Emerging Forms

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03.04.2013 to 05.04.2013
Library of Congress Washington D.C. , DC
United States
District Of Columbia US
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Please join the Digital Reference Section for an Electronic Literature Showcase to be held April 3-5, 2013 on site at the Library of Congress.

Events include:

  • Exhibition and Open House. "Electronic Literature and Its Emerging Forms." Read and interact with works of electronic literature spanning the last thirty years of literary history, selected by guest curators Dene Grigar and Kathi Inman Berens. Chat with Library of Congress specialists and visiting experts, view vintage digital media and equipment, and join in a variety of hands-on activities. On Friday, see additional items from the Deena Larsen Collection (MITH, U. of Maryland).
  • Literary Readings. "Electric Hour." Each day at noon, authors of electronic literature read and discuss their recent or significant works.
  • Book Display. Twentieth-century artists' books along with older forms of experimental printing and bookmaking provide context for the emergence of electronic literature. On April 4, view selections from the Library's Rare Book collections, hosted by the Rare Book and Special Collections Division.
  • Keynote Address and Panel Discussion. On the afternoon of April 5, scholars discuss the pasts, futures, and present shape of electronic literature:
    • Keynote: “Failure to Contain: Electronic Literature, Digital Literacy, and the State (Machine) of Reading,” by Stuart Moulthrop (University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee), noted hypertext author and literary scholar.
    • Panel: “Electronic Literature in the Humanities, Art, Technology and Science.” Literary scholars Kathi Inman Berens (University of Southern California), Dene Grigar (Washington State University Vancouver), Matthew Kirschenbaum (University of Maryland), and Nick Montfort (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) explore electronic literature’s connections to major areas of knowledge and creativity.


    Quoted from "Electronic Literature Showcase."

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Leonardo Flores
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