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Electronic Literature
ENGL 146EL - Fall 2009,  Rita Raley

This course will consider literature for which the computer is both the composition and the delivery medium. What formal, generic, and aesthetic properties can we see in texts written in production environments such as Flash? What are the central issues and questions for the field of electronic literature as a whole? What are its links to print-based experimental writing practices? After some consideration of precursors to hypertext and the first generation of hypertext authors and critics, we will continue to map out a brief history of electronic literature and move to studying some of the most technically and intellectually compelling works on the web. Toward the end of the term, we will expand our study of screen-based literature to think about literature beyond the screen as well (e.g. SMS texts & performances, ARGs, GPS writing, and locative media).

GE Area G | Writing Requirement | LCI Specialization

Transcriptions studio hours, Fall 2009
Monday 12pm-5pm
Tuesday 9am-12pm
Thursday 10am-2pm


Rita Raley

Office and Office Hours
SH 2703
On leave 2012-2013


SH 1415
MW, 11:00 AM12:15 PM

Required Texts

The Eastgate Quarterly Review of Hypertext 1:2 (Mac or Windows version; available in the Transcriptions studio)
Espen Aarseth, Cybertext: Perspectives on Ergodic Literature
N. Katherine Hayles, Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary

20% Participation
25% Midterm Paper
40% Final Project (Web project)
15% Close Reading of an Electronic Text (1 page, single spaced, narrow margins )
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