Electronic Literature, Chapter 6: Network Writing

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This research collection includes references from the sixth chapter of Electronic Literature by Scott Rettberg (Polity, 2018), on Network Writing. Network writing is electronic literature created for and published on the Internet. It may require readers to visit multiple sites to experience the narrative, it may interrogate the nature and materiality of the network itself, it may use the Internet’s potential for collaboration, or use the network as a site for performance. For electronic literature, networks are both platform and material. As technology has led to rapid societal change, one of the most logical extensions of the project of electronic literature is to serve as a locus of reflexive critique of the position of the human within the technological apparatus.

This chapter of Electronic Literature considers various practices of network writing that share an interest in the material properties of the global network and the writing environments it affords. While this constellation of practices is admittedly less squarely defined than some of the other genres addressed in the book, as it includes several subgenres with their own specific approaches to the network, there are clearly important strands of electronic literature that primarily engage with the architecture, code, and social structures of the network itself.

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Name Residencysort descending
Ray Johnson
Helen Nissenbaum
Tom Phillips
Gary Sullivan
Teju Cole
Mel Nichols
K. Silem Mohammad
Scott Rettberg
Bergen
Norway
NO
Judd Morrissey
Chicago
United States
US
Jill Walker Rettberg
Bergen
Norway
NO
Tim Wright
United Kingdom
GB
Nick Montfort
Cambridge , MA
United States
Massachusetts US
Mark Jeffery
Chicago
United States
US
Rob Wittig
Duluth , MN
United States
Minnesota US
Rob Wittig
Duluth , MN
United States
Minnesota US
Rob Wittig
Duluth , MN
United States
Minnesota US
Rita Raley
CA
United States
California US
Tim Etchells
United Kingdom
GB
Kaycee Nicole Swenson
KS
United States
Kansas US
William Gillespie
IL
United States
Illinois US

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