The Electronic Literature Collection

The Electronic Literature Organization has released the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume One. The Collection, edited by N. Katherine Hayles, Nick Montfort, Scott Rettberg, and Stephanie Strickland, is an anthology of 60 eclectic works of electronic literature, published simultaneously on CD-ROM and on the web at collection.eliterature.org. Another compelling aspect of the project is that it is being published by the Electronic Literature Organization under a Creative Commons License (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5), so readers are free to copy and share any of the works included, or for instance to install the Collection on every computer in a school's computer lab, without paying any licensing fees. The Collection is free for educators, libraries, and individuals.


Hypertext in print

Anyone who read House of Leaves, either in its original, somewhat ad hoc internet incarnation or in its printed version, harkened to Mark Z. Danielewski's imbricative impulse, his tegument of concrete poetry, frame narratives, re-mediations of hypertext (back into print), typology, modernism-post-modernism, deconstructivism, narrative interruptus, spatial tropes, and pre-post-proto-neuro-Freudianism. He drew upon a rich history of works that, in their essence, attempted to escape conventional textual limits--prefiguring new media.


A 1999 Study

I would like you to comment The Cultural Metamorphosis of the Internet: Hypertext and Publishing in the 'Digital Culture' (Notes Regarding Communicative Convergence). It is not too long and focuses on the possibilities of the Internet for communication, education and research focusing on hypertext and online publishing.

It was first published in Spanish.

Thanks in advance for your comments.

Words of one syllable - The Hyperliterature Exchange, Feb 06

New on The Hyperliterature Exchange for February 2006: my review of "The Syllabary", a work-in-progress by Peter McCarey, which maps all the monosyllabic words in the English/Scottish language onto a huge grid, and will eventually include a short poem for every one of them.

"Whatever its merits or demerits as a piece of new media, The Syllabary undoubtedly succeeds as a piece of writing. The originality of its concept and the 'sound poem' of monosyllables would make it worth a visit by themselves: but what makes it worth going back to time after time is the unfailingly high quality of the little poems it contains..."


Digital Writing Across the Curriculum - A Web resource and some questions

At The TLT Group (a non-profit that works with educational institutions), we've been gathering examples of college level, academic 'writing' in disciplinary courses (i.e, 'digital writing across the curriculum')


We're doing this to try to answer a question: should colleges (and high schools) be teaching students the rhetoric of writing online (e.g., creating web sites; dealing with intellectually and emotionally difficult problems through online conversation) in order to enrich the teaching options available to faculty teaching advanced courses. For example, are the options of teaching literature, history, engineering, law, math and/science enriched if students enter those classes as able to write with digital media as they are to write traditional essays and research papers?


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