Ortega 2015

Digital Research and Electronic Literature

Élika Ortega, Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities

Electronic literature is literature that takes advantage of the capabilities of digital media for its creation and distribution. Its reading and teaching also depends on the affordances granted by computing processes and by cycles of obsolescence and innovation. This intersection has lead to the emergence not only of new creative literary practices, but also to the reconfiguration of what we conventionally think of as literature and of how we read, study, and tech literary works. In this talk I’ll provide an introduction to electronic literature accompanied by some examples. I will also briefly describe my curatorial and research project No Legacy || Literatura Electrónica, to highlight the global connections among electronic literary works produced in various languages around the world.