Chair Person: Davin Heckman
Presenters: Dene Grigar, Anna Gibbs, Maria Angel & Scott Rettberg
This panel will explore the relationship between criticism and creative practice in electronic literature. This discussion will discuss the potentials of and limits to literary criticism in the realm of digital poetics and narrative. Heckman’s paper discusses the relationship between speed, literary criticism and folksonomy. Rettberg will highlight the ELMCIP Knowledgebase and community-based research practices in the field of electronic literature. Grigar will address the narrative in the age of digital media. And Gibbs and Angel will explore handwriting as an embodied praxis linking thought with corporeality through the medium of gesture, and its transformations in text-based new media art. Panelists will address the critical value of establishing connections with traditional literary vocabulary, both as a method for understanding new media art within literary contexts and as a method of advancing the development of new critical tools, particularly those that aid the development of a world literature of electronic literature.
- Davin Heckman is the author of A Small World: Smart Houses and the Dream of the Perfect Day (Duke UP, 2008). He is Supervising Editor of the Electronic Literature Directory and Associate Professor of English at Siena Heights University, where he teaches courses in writing, literature, and media studies. In 2011, he was selected as a Fulbright Scholar in digital culture at the University of Bergen, N. directory.eliterature.org