It’s New for Me…

This week’s readings were both informative and strange. I am associating “informative” with Jessica Pressman’s essay on Navigating Electronic Literature. It was a great manual-type essay in which she talks about what electronic literature is, how it’s created, and its different modes of expression. I actually found the topic of Façade very interesting, considering that it is an interactive mode where the reader can add in their own answer to a discussion between a newly-married couple. I was considering that for my review project, but unfortunately, the flash player was giving trouble on my computer. In terms of the readings I found strange, I read Twelve Blue by Michael Joyce as assigned. After reading this, I realize now that I don’t think I have EVER read any form of electronic literature before, even though I thought I must have (but oh well, there’s a first time for everything!)

It’s a whole other realm of writing and literature, and for the most part, most of it doesn’t make any sense to me. I guess I can say that I am so used to reading structured plays, stories, and novels since elementary school that this form of literature leaves me both speechless and makes me frown as I am trying to make sense of whatever has been placed in front of me. Twelve Blue does have a sense of flow, and as I kept clicking on the various threads provided, it took me to different stories, although I feel most of them were focused on Lisle, her daughter Samantha, and her undying love for her late boyfriend and Portuguese sailor, Javier. There were stories about Lisa (or Aurelie) too, who was the lover of some man (but it also mentioned some man’s wife, so not sure. I could be wrong, it was little confusing). Javier was mentioned again, going on a date with Lisa…wait, so Lisle is Lisa??? Could it be??? There was also talk about a girl named Beth, the late Eleanor of Castile and her mourning husband, Edward I. I can’t say what the link was for sure, I found it difficult to connect and follow along with. I am not sure if it was meant to be indirectly connected or have a distorted picture of different stories that SEEM like they have a connection, but in reality they don’t. As I kept moving into multiple stories, the threads on the side of the web page kept shifting in location, which was something cool. I guess the reality is that I am so habitual of reading static and continuously flowing stories and texts that this seems like a whole new experience altogether. As of now, I am a little excited about the E-Lit review project because as I have repeatedly stated, this is all new to me so it’s scary but adventurous at the same time. After my explorations of the three volumes, I have decided that my top two choices for my presentation consist of the following: With Those We Love Alive (which I found creepy and intriguing) and Quing’s Quest: The Death of Videogames (which seemed very weird), both from Volume 3. I would prefer the date for my review to be either October 21st or October 28th. Personally, if I can get With Those We Love Alive I would really like that because it is my #1 choice out of the two! Looking forward to reading and diving deeper into these texts!