ENG 921 Lecture 1: ENG 921 Week 1

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15 Sep 2016
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Defining electronic literature (electronic literature: new horizons for the literary, n. katherine hayles) A first generation digital object created on a computer and meant to be read on a computer. A work with an important literary aspect that takes advantage of the capabilities and contexts provided by the stand alone or networked computer. A work that cannot be accessed until it is performed by properly executed code. New mechanisms of distribution and publicity and new economic models are making it easier to reach mass audiences. Cybertext focuses on the mechanical organization of the the text, by posting the intricacies of the medium as an integral part of the literary exchange; also centre atetnion on the consumer or user of the text. In the cybertextual process, the user will have effectuated a semiotic sequence, and this selective movement is a work of physical construction, this phenomenon is called ergodic: in ergodic lit, nontrivial effort is required.

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