Electronic Literature

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A Special Session (subject to MLA approval)
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Electronic literature is a category of textually driven works encompassing a variety of recent and emerging "born-digital" forms, excluding digitized print literature such as the Dostoyevsky you might read on a Kindle. Can electronic literature be encountered, theorized, and critiqued in much the same way as its predecessors, or do emerging forms require more than a paradigmatic shift in kind? How might the "visuality" of text off of the page expand the boundaries of "literature"? What is the significance or expendability of the author/artist in collaborative, multi-author, interactive, anonymous collective, and text-engine generated literatures? Explorations of hypertext/media, online performances, Flash and Twitter poems, computer-generated and interactive fiction, art installations, chatterbots, games, XML digital remixes, weblogs and wikis are welcome.

Submit a 250-word abstract and 1 page CV by 3 March 2010 to Leisha Jones (ljj4@psu.edu). Please include the proposed panel title "Electronic Literature" in the heading of your submission.