Astrid Ensslin

Edmonton , AB
Alberta CA
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Astrid Ensslin is Professor in Digital Humanities and Game Studies at the University of Alberta, cross-appointed between the Departments of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, and Humanities Computing. Her main publications include Approaches to Videogame Discourse (Bloomsbury, 2019, co-edited with Isabel Balteiro), Small Screen Fictions (Paradoxa, 2017, co-edited with Lisa Swanstrom and Pawel Frelik) Literary Gaming (MIT Press, 2014), Analyzing Digital Fiction (co-edited with Alice Bell and Hans Kristian Rustad, Routledge, 2013), The Language of Gaming (Palgrave, 2011), Creating Second Lives: Community, Identity and Spatiality as Constructions of the Virtual (co-edited with Eben Muse, Routledge, 2011), Canonizing Hypertext: Explorations and Constructions (Continuum, 2007), and Language in the Media: Representations, Identitites, Ideologies (co-edited wit Sally Johnson, Continuum, 2007). She was Principal Editor of the Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds from 2008 to 2018. She is Principal Investigator of the SSHRC-funded "Writing New Bodies" project, and Co-investigator of the "Reading Digital Fiction" project (funded by the UK's Arts and Humanities Research Council), and the Leverhulme-funded Digital Fiction International Network. She is Director and Secretary of the Electronic Literature Organization.

Works by this author:

Work title Publication Type Year
WALLPAPER Application, Installation 2015

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Critical writing by this author:

Title Publication Type Publisher Yearsort descending
The Interlocutor in Print and Digital Fiction: Dialogicity, Agency, (De-)Conventionalization Conference paper or presentation
Canonizing Hypertext: Explorations and Constructions Book (monograph) Continuum 2007
Reclaiming the 'Golden Age': The Second Person in Digital Fiction Conference paper or presentation 2010
From Revisi(tati)on to Retro-Intentionalization Article or chapter in a book Transcript 2010
A [S]creed for Digital Fiction Article or chapter in a book 2010
A [S]creed for Digital Fiction Article in an online journal Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2010
'I know what it was. You know what it was': Second Person Narration in Hypertext Fiction Article in a print journal Narrative 2011
From (W)reader to Breather: Cybertextual De-intentionalization and Kate Pullinger's Breathing Wall Article or chapter in a book University of Nebraska Press 2011
“I Want to Say I May Have Seen My Son Die This Morning”: Unintentional Unreliable Narration in Digital Fiction Article in an online journal Language and Literature 2012
'Click = Kill'. Textual You in Ludic Digital Fiction' Article in a print journal StoryWorlds: A Journal of Narrative Studies 2012
Locating the Literary in Electronic Ludicity: Jason Nelson's Evidence of Everything Exploding Conference paper or presentation 2012
Nonlinear Writing Article or chapter in a book Johns Hopkins University Press 2014
Literary Gaming Book (monograph) The MIT Press 2014
Video Games as Unnatural Narratives Article or chapter in a book Meson Press 2015
Exploring digital fiction as a tool for teenage body image bibliotherapy Article in a print journal Taylor & Francis 2016
Hypertext: Storyspace to Twine Article or chapter in a book Bloomsbury Academic 2017
Electronic Fictions: Television, the Internet, and the Future of Digital Fiction Article or chapter in a book Cambridge University Press 2017
Hypertext: Storyspace to Twine Article or chapter in a book Bloomsbury Academic 2017
Introducing Small Screen Fictions Article in a print journal Paradoxa 2018
Immersion in Digital Fiction: A Cognitive, Empirical Approach Article in an online journal International Journal of Literary Linguistics 2018

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Title City Country Date
Dyscorpia: Stories in Flesh and Bytes Edmonton Canada April 23, 2019 to June 30, 2019
Elit 4 Kids Porto Portugal July 18, 2018
The Future of Reading? An Exhibition of Digital Literature Sheffield United Kingdom October 22, 2014
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