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:

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William Chamberlain
Tristan Tzara
Theo Lutz
Esslingen
Germany
DE
Talan Memmott
United States
US
Stephanie Strickland
New York City , NY
United States
New York US
Scott Rettberg
Bergen
Norway
NO
Raymond Queneau
France
FR
Ranjit Bhatnagar
Racter
R.M. Worthy
United States
US
Pauline Masurel
Nick Montfort
Cambridge , MA
United States
Massachusetts US
Nanette Wylde
Redwood City , CA
United States
California US
Mark Sample
Davidson , NC
United States
North Carolina US
Kate Durbin
Judd Morrissey
Chicago
United States
US
Joseph O'Rourke
Johannes Heldén
Stockholm
Sweden
SE
Jim Carpenter
United States
US
Jim Andrews
Vancouver , BC
Canada
British Columbia CA

Organizations:

Namesort ascending Location
OULIPO
Paris
France
FR
Fluxus
ALAMO
Paris
France
FR
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