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.

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Jean-Pierre Balpe
France
FR
Jason Nelson
Witheren , QLD
Australia
Queensland AU
James Tenney
Jacob Harris
J. R. Carpenter
United Kingdom
GB
Ian Hatcher
New York
United States
US
Hugh Kenner
Håkan Jonson
Stockholm
Sweden
SE
Georges Perec
George Maciunas
Everest Pipkin
Austin , TX
United States
Texas US
Erica T. Carter
Eric Snodgrass
Sweden
SE
David Jhave Johnston
Montreal , QC
Canada
Quebec CA
Daniel C. Howe
Hong Kong
Hong Kong S.A.R., China
HK
Christopher Strachey
United Kingdom
GB
Brion Gysin
Brian Lennon
PA
United States
Pennsylvania US
Aya Natalia Karpinska
New York
United States
US
Amaranth Borsuk
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