Welcome to this guide focused on a key component in the Electronic Literature Showcase starting today at the Library of Congress. (Read Susan Garfinkel’s post at The Signal for more details on the event.) The exhibition, curated by Dene Grigar and Kathi Inman Berens, is the heart of the Showcase, crafting enlightening experiences for visitors familiar and new to electronic literature.
They have also created a website for the Exhibit, so those who cannot physically attend can benefit from experiencing the works as curated. Their curatorial statements are worth exploring to understand some of their rationale behind their choices. They have also done an wonderful job of contextualizing each work, so I recommend exploring these resources directly on their site.
To mirror the logic of the exhibit, I have taken the list of electronic literature stations from the “Featured Works” page and linked the titles to all the entries. All the entries directly linked to from the exhibition have been tagged to aid in future searches and exploration.
The works without links haven’t been reviewed for one of two main reasons:
- Availability: I ♥ E-Poetry focuses on Web-deliverable works, though it has made some exceptions with well documented pieces.
- Genre: This blog is primarily interested in poetry, both as a genre and as poiesis. I generally don’t write about fiction, games, or cyberdrama, unless there is a specific poetic or e-poetic perspective I can explore with a given work.
Here is the complete list:
Electronic Literature Station 1: From Concrete to Kinetic Poetry
- Eduardo Kac, “Nao!” (1982/84)
- Dan Waber, “Strings” (1999)
- Thom Swiss, “Shy Boy” (2002)
- Robert Kendall, “Faith” (2002)
- A. J. Patrick Liszkiewicz, “Afeeld” (2010)
Electronic Literature Station 2: From Cut Up to Broken Up
- Michael Joyce, afternoon: a story (1990)
- Stuart Moulthrop, Victory Garden (1991)
- Judy Malloy, its name was Penelope (1993)
- Jennifer T. Ley, The Body Politic (1999)
- M.D. Coverley, Egypt: The Book of Going Forth by Day (2006)
- Stephanie Strickland, “slippingglimpse” (2007)
Electronic Literature Station 3: From Pong to Literary Games
- Nick Montfort, “Ad Verbum” (2000)
- Emily Short, “Galatea” (2000)
- Jason Nelson, “Game, game, game and again game” (2007)
- Alan Bigelow, “This Is Not a Poem,” (2010)
- Jason Edward Lewis, P.O.E.M.M. Cycle (2011): Speak, Know
- Jody Zellen, “Spine Sonnet” (2012)
- Mark Marino, “Living Will” (2012)
Electronic Literature Station 4: From the Great American Novel to the Digital Multimodal Narrative
- Rand Miller, Robyn Miller, & David Wingrove, Myst (1993)
- Ingrid Ankerson & Megan Sapnar, “Cruising” (2001)
- Michael Mateus & Andrew Stern, Façade (2005)
- Evan Young & Geoffrey Young, The Carrier (2009)
- Steve Tomasula, TOC the Novel (2009)
Electronic Literature Station 5: From Artists’ Books to Electronic Art
Other Works Exhibited:
Readings & Performances at the Showcase:
This is a historic event, in which a literature beyond the book comes to the house the book built.
Electronic literature has arrived!