This opening conversation will be a consideration of literature in the digital age.

What is electronic literature? Where can we discover it? What narrative genres have emerged based on the affordances of new media tools? What role might transmedia storytelling play in our school environments?

We will introduce the Electronic Literature Collection, sharing with the audience how to navigate the collection, as well as the general history of the collection. We will also to do some e-lit text “walkthroughs” in order to share the power of this kind of art with a generalist audience, as well as exploring E-Poetry. And maybe conversing with twitter bots.

Let’s chat about the new affordances that come with digital storytelling in a new media environment.

Redo the Tour (archived video)

Apparently the tour “exploded” the head of Sandy Brown Jensen, an open participant who joined the tour. See Sandy’s blog post recap:

Wander to computer. Turn on, jack in, fall out of chair an hour later with flowers exploding out the top of my curly brown head.

Linked Discussion Points

After the session, our Kean University students will identify links directly to the video to key discussion points; this should be launch points for annotated commentary (hint) (hint). Suggest more by tweeting links to a specific time point in the video.

What about bookstores?

On generational literacy

Literary value of the web?

Affordances of digital literature

On authorship, generative literature, bots?

Potential of memes:

Pre-Tour Q&A with Leonardo

As someone who has always loved stories and literature, how would say literature has changed in the last 30 years or so?

In general, not much. But in a tiny corner of the literary world, there have been writers exploring and engaging what happens to language in electronic and digital environments, and their explorations have been sending ripples through literary tradition.

  • Eastgate Systems and hypertext was an important ripple.
  • Blogging has made its mark.
  • Children’s books are becoming digital.
  • Fanfiction is coming into its own.
  • Electronic literature is coming into its own.

What has new media done to the art of writing? What kind of new affordances (and constraints) come with a computational environment for writing?

  • Computation
  • Networking
  • Interactivity
  • Multimodality
  • Digital media

What are the genres of electronic literature that you can share with us? Do you have a favorite? Why?

  • Generative
  • Bots
  • Kinetic works
  • Video games
  • Hypertext
  • Code poetry
  • Performances – including netprov
  • Installations
  • Augmented Reality
  • Virtual Reality
  • Mobile and Locative works

Right now, bots are my favorite.

Tell us a bit about your I ♥︎ E-Poetry project. How did it come about? What did it teach you about poetry in this era?

Tell the I Love E-Poetry story. 🙂

I learned that the field is growing faster than I ever imagined.

Can you share with us a few of your favorite pieces of e-lit? I know it is very hard to choose, but maybe you could choose a few to walkthrough with us just to make evident what literature can be in the 21st century?

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The Kean University class will conduct real time annotation / discussion from content on this very page. Sign up for an account, reload this page, and open the annotation drawer from the top right.

This will take place in our Wednesday February 1 class (link coming).