Electronic Literature
Electronic Literature

<i>Electronic Literature</i> considers new forms and genres of writing that exploit the capabilities of computers and networks – literature that would not be possible without the contemporary digital context.

In this book, Rettberg places the most significant genres of electronic literature in historical, technological, and cultural contexts. These include combinatory poetics, hypertext fiction, interactive fiction (and other game-based digital literary work), kinetic and interactive poetry, and networked writing based on our collective experience of the Internet. He argues that electronic literature demands to be read both through the lens of experimental literary practices dating back to the early twentieth century and through the specificities of the technology and software used to produce the work.

Considering electronic literature as a subject in totality, this book provides a vital introduction to a dynamic field that both reacts to avant-garde literary and art traditions and generates new forms of narrative and poetic work particular to the twenty-first century. It is essential reading for students and researchers in disciplines including literary studies, media and communications, art, and creative writing.

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  • January 2019
  • 240 pages
  • 150 x 234 mm / 6 x 9 in
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Table of Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1: Genres of Electronic Literature
  • Chapter 2: Combinatory Poetics
  • Chapter 3: Hypertext Fiction
  • Chapter 4: Interactive Fiction and Other Gamelike Forms
  • Chapter 5: Kinetic and Interactive Poetry
  • Chapter 6: Network Writing
  • Chapter 7: Divergent Streams
  • References
  • Index
About the Author
Scott Rettberg is Professor of Digital Culture at the University of Bergen.
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Winner of the 2019 N. Katherine Hayles Award for Criticism of Electronic Literature

Electronic Literature demonstrates rare common sense and an encyclopedic knowledge of works, theory, contexts, and criticism. This is a significant and important book by the fields founder that will be the definitive work on electronic literature now and for many years to come.
N. Katherine Hayles, Duke University

Scott Rettberg provides an excellent history of digital storytelling and poetry ? and points to the future. Electronic Literature is a clear map of creative writings conjunction with computing, a vital region of todays culture.
Nick Montfort, author of The Truelist 

Rarely do a historian and his subject match so perfectly as Rettberg and the early days of electronic literature. This authoritative account of the origins of electronic literature covers all the genres forms, as well as the people and institutions who helped found the field. A unique and remarkable book.
Robert Coover, novelist and Professor Emeritus of Literary Arts at Brown University

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