Genre, Form, and Cultural Practice in Contemporary Electronic Literature

Document type: Conference Presentations
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Maria Engberg
Title: Genre, Form, and Cultural Practice in Contemporary Electronic Literature
Conference name: Modern Language Association Convention
Year: 2008
Publisher: MLA
City: San Francisco
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Technoculture, Humanities and Planning (*** !Error ***)
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Language: English
Abstract: Maria Engberg’s paper examines practices of digital poetry. Through “close reading” of digital works she argues that digital poetry has characteristics that take it beyond the bounds of the poem as a traditional literary artifact. Digital poems offer themselves as “poemevents” that are enacted in ways particular to the digital medium. On the one hand, digital poetry (as well as literary and artistic digital works in general) can be considered in literary and artistic traditions such as concrete poetry, language poetry etc., and thus requires the literary-critical community’s response. On the other hand, it is also increasingly evident that “digital writing” exists in multifarious and emergent forms that require an expanded way of analyzing which is rooted in the individual poetics of the practitioners as well as the cultural and technological situation of networked digital media today. Engberg's paper addresses possible critical responses to this dialectic of past and present.
Subject: The Humanities\English
Keywords: digital media, literature, poetry