Electronic literature: literary work that is born digital.

This website is a group blog documenting one class's exploration of the world of electronic literature. Building on the work of previous semesters, Spring 2017 students will be posting short scholarly analysis of new and new-to-us elit.

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Black Out

For this blog, I decided to read a poem by Johannes Auer. What is special about this poem is that the reader is are creating it. The Artist gives you a gun and in the gun, there is a word from the poem. Once you click on that poem, you are taking out that word from the poem which leaves…

Brainstrips hurt your brain

“Brainstrips:  A three part knowledge series” by Alan Bigelow is a web created, comic strip. An adobe flash plug in is required to view the work. It has sound video animations and things that could not be reciprocated in a non digital platform.  The work starts out with some Philosophy. The reader can pick a question from a series of…

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Pieces of a Wunderkammer

  I found Juliet Davis’s Pieces of Herself through the Electronic Literature Collection (volume 3) I selected it because it reminded me of Shelly Jackson’s My Body a Wunderkammer (MBW). Pieces of herself was made in 2003-2005, so I think it is certainly possible it was inspired by the work of Shelly Jackson. Both have similarities in that they are…

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Beautifully eerie

This week I came across a new type of text adventure called The House Abandon. It falls under the horror genre and is easily the best horror game I have played in a while. The game is coded in Unity, which is a cross-platform game engine developed by Unity Technologies for development of video games for PC, consoles, mobile devices…

The People of Haiti

The featured characters that told their story- http://justthisguy.co.uk/wp-content/archive/5Haitis/flash/output/5Haitis.html The multimedia work that I decided to check out was “5 Haiti’s” by Simon Kerr. The initial idea was to show the perspectives of different people living in Haiti around the time of the earthquake in 2010. This allowed readers to explore the stories of different characters that are framed by comic panels.…

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Motion

“Motions takes human trafficking and contemporary slavery as its focus” (Smith). There is say “Words speak louder than anything else”.  Will Luers and Roger Dean added visual and sound effect to  Will Luers and Roger Dean added visual and sound effect to Motions to Hazel Smiths piece of art, which added aesthetic to the material. The images of Luers provided graphics description…

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E-Poetry and its power to grab your attention

The work I decided to follow was that of E-Poetry. E-Poetry is a concept surrounding engagement with digital media. Leonardo Flores, the author, is a professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico. His areas of research are electronic literature, poetry and digital preservation. E-Poetry is interactive and captures the attention of the reader with its display. Like Marble…

Simply Semiotics

The Power of Signs and Symbols Understanding the Power of Their Effect  Communicating ideas effectively through written text presents interpretative challenges of varying degrees which can stem from the interpreter’s cultural background (to include ethnicity, education, and religion). Such degrees frame one’s interpretive lens that is used, which forms one’s conclusion and, that interpretation may or may not be the…

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Choose Your Own Youtube Adventure!

Interactive Fiction games are fun in their own way, but what about an interactive video? I’m not just talking about when a youtuber says, “Click here to subscribe!” But rather, Youtube videos that give you choices within a story. These interactive videos are similar to ‘Chose Your Own Adventure’ books, but include the element of a visual, similar to a…

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