Electronic Literature, Chapter 2: Combinatory Poetics

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This research collection includes references from the second chapter of Electronic Literature by Scott Rettberg (Polity, 2018) on Combinatory Poetics. Computer programs access and present data, whether internal to the program and provided by external sources and user input, and then through algorithmic processes, modify or substitute the data presented by the system. It is in this procedural substitution of data, and of language, that computation is most concretely connected to combinatory poetics in experimental writing traditions such as Dada, Surrealism, and Oulipo. This chapter of Electronic Literature considers how elements of chance and procedurality served as the foundation for combinatory and generative art and literature. Combinatory poetics emerged in twentieth-century avant-garde movements, further developed in poetry generators in the early history of computing and remains today an essential mode of practice in electronic literature.

People:

Name Residency
Nick Montfort
Cambridge , MA
United States
Massachusetts US
George Maciunas
Alison Knowles
New York , NY
United States
New York US
James Tenney
R.M. Worthy
United States
US
Jean-Pierre Balpe
France
FR
Raymond Queneau
France
FR
Jim Carpenter
United States
US
Johannes Heldén
Stockholm
Sweden
SE
Håkan Jonson
Stockholm
Sweden
SE
Scott Rettberg
Bergen
Norway
NO
J. R. Carpenter
United Kingdom
GB
Stephanie Strickland
New York City , NY
United States
New York US
Tristan Tzara
Brion Gysin
Erica T. Carter
Georges Perec
Christopher Strachey
United Kingdom
GB
Daniel C. Howe
Hong Kong
Hong Kong S.A.R., China
HK
Aya Natalia Karpinska
New York
United States
US

Organizations:

Name Location
OULIPO
Paris
France
FR
ALAMO
Paris
France
FR
Fluxus
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