Cybertext Yearbook

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Founded as an academic print publication by Markku Eskelinen and Raine Koskimaa in 2000, the Cybertext Yearbook has been freely available online in PDF since 2007. Since 2003 the volumes have been mainly theme based. Despite the name the volumes do not necessarily appear annually. (Note: Individual volumes of Cybertext Yearbook are listed as book collections in the ELMCIP Knowledge Base).

The Cybertext Yearbook -julkaisusarja käynnistyi vuonna 2000. Vuodesta 2003 lähtien yksittäiset numerot ovat keskittyneet tiettyyn teemaan. Päätoimittajina toimivat Markku Eskelinen ja Raine Koskimaa. Teemanumeroilla on usein myös vieraileva toimittaja. Nimestään huolimatta julkaisuja ei välttämättä ilmesty vuosittain.


With a media-independent approach on the agenda, the editors pursue the theory and terms put forth by Espen Aarseth in his 1997 book Cybertext: Perspectives on Ergodic Literature. Since its founding, practitioners, developers, designers, users, critics, and scholars participated in this broadly designated field of digital textuality and contributed controversial perspectives to lively deabtes across textual traditions that cover hypertexts, Multiple User Dungeons (MUD's), "transfiction","holopoetry", and computer games.

All issues of the yearbook were converted to the database in which articles  aregrouped into browsable topics: "ergodic literature", "games", "history", and "theory". Cybertext Yearbook is known as a platform for culturally diverse mindsets: In the 2006-issue on "Ergodic Histories" it gave voice to scholars examining, for example "German Proto-Cybertexts from the Baroque Era to the Present" (Joergen Schaefer); Catalan "ergodic suites of visual poetry by Joan Brossa" (Joan-Elies Adell) or the "Nonlinearity in Mediaeval Arabic and Persian Poetry" by the Finnish researcher Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila. The yearbook was founded at the Department of Arts and Culture Studies at the University of Jyväskylä and has no ISSN. While no papers were published in 2008 and 2009, a new issue is scheduled for 2010.

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