We are approaching our final #elitclass, and it will be a special celebration of your work, your creativity, and our semester together. I know that it is that crazy time of year when your head is spinning but rest assured, you will do your best and finish out the semester! And please know, as you “put the pedal to the metal” in these last few weeks that I am rooting for you. 🙂
Thank you Karina for a thoughtful presentation of Like Stars in A Clear Night Sky. “Like Stars in A Clear Night Sky” is a flash-hypertext poem. Elegant and ethereal, the screen is a dark night sky with a constellation of stars that become the access point for further poetic lexia. Readers can explore the sky of interconnected poems at random. There is an introductory voice-over poem in Arabic (with translation on screen in English). The text is laced with ambient sounds of wind-chimes, offering the effect of a recollection of a distant place, a place of purity/simplicity, perhaps the “village” of one’s origin. The tone of the text is soothing, calming, and dreamlike. The reader wanders through the cosmos with the mouse, hovering on certain stars to reveal a variety of poetic verse which represent the texture of certain lives. “Like Stars in A Clear Night Sky” reminds us that our subjectivity is only apprehendable through narration, through words, through stories past on through time. In a subtle and wistful way, this text traverses an essential tension that is a part of the human experience. It prompts us to think about the ways in which we are inherently connected in both time and space, as well as the sting of our profound singularity.
And thanks to Jordan for your great choice of Quing’s Quest as well. This piece is definitely a fun selection and another great way to end our tour of the wondrous world of elit. This twine game is marked by a quirky nostalgic soundtrack and stands as a parody that playfully addresses the subculture(s) of gaming. Quing’s Quest VII is a reversal-of-power-fantasy in which creative non-conformists and non-“misogynerds” thrive by escaping and relaxing a bit. During Jordan’s walkthrough, we might reflect on the identity politics found in games, and in the community of players that form around them.
For our FINAL Class…
There is no blog post for this last week. Rather, you will work to complete your creative piece of electronic literature. The plan for our final class is to celebrate together with a potluck feast and an informal share out of your final project! And I will also go over how to add your elit creative work into our very own ELC (Electronic Literature Collection).
- Your elit walkthroughs: I am not requiring you all to present your final elit piece, but I am hoping the majority of you will feel compelled to share your work with all of us. Please let us know what you made, why you made it, what you like about it, and what you wish you might have done better. You will be surprised at how much talent and inspiration exists in our ranks! I am sure we will all really enjoy hearing about everyone’s ideas and creative inspiration, etc. This is a friendly and supportive community, so don’t feel stressed about sharing.
- The potluck food: Everyone should bring along some food or drink for the class. Please sign up here for what you will bring along so we can plan a diverse menu.
**Your submission of your final self-assessment portfolio & narrative is due by email by Monday, Dec. 17th.
Thanks to all of you for a wonderful semester. I have had a great time sharing the world of Electronic Literature with all of you, and I have been impressed by your interest, your blog writing, and our thoughtful discussions together. I hope you will all keep in touch. Also, if any of my undergraduate students are interested in a graduate degree in English, please let me know. I would love to tell you more about our special MA program in Writing Studies. And I would love to continue working with you.
Happy Holidays everyone! I look forward to reading each of your elit portfolios.