Our First class meeting 9/6

UnknownGreat opening class. I enjoyed reconnecting with some of you, and meeting the rest of you for the first time.  Soon each of you should have a working twitter account. You should be ready to start tweeting weekly with our class hashtag #elitclass (and use #elit too) .

A review of what we did:

-We talked through the course website and syllabus.

-We introduced ourselves.

-We covered a basic definition of Electronic Literature:

E-Lit a literary genre consisting of works of literature that originate within digital environments and require digital computation to be read.  In contrast to most e-books, electronic literature is created specifically to be used via a digital setting and thus cannot be printed as key elements of the text require computation: for instance there may be links, generative aspects, multimedia content, animation or reader interaction in addition to the verbal text.

To do for next week:

-Please email me your class blog URL & your class twitter account.

-Read Pressman’s “Navigating Electronic Literature”.  This essay is located in “About Electronic Literature:  New Horizons for the Literary”.

-Read Twelve Blue by Michael Joyce for about an hour.  This elit piece is located in the Electronic Literature Collection Volume 1.

-Surf the Electronic Literature Collections (Vols 1, 2, 3) – check out a few pieces from each volume.  I would recommend spending time in Vol. 3 since it is brand new!  Start to think about what text you might want to choose for your review presentation.  We will settle the schedule next week, so consider what date you would like to present on.  As you look through the Electronic Literature Collection this week – notice the expectations & strategies you bring to the texts. What do you like & why? What frustrates you and why?  Be open to new experiences – because they are there – just waiting.

I have a good feeling about this semester with all of you, and your thoughtful “exit passes” were very helpful to me in thinking about our class next week.

Looking forward to it,

Dr. Zamora

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Welcome to #elitclass everyone!

imagesWelcome to “Introduction to Electronic Literature” everyone.  Soon we will meet each other for the first time as a class, and an embark on a journey that will be transformative for all of us.  Some of you might have an idea of what Electronic Literature might be, while others are really not clear.  Some of you might feel relatively self confident in a technological environment, while others might feel more than a bit of trepidation.  ….The old “what have I gotten myself into” feeling, so to speak.  Whether you fall into one of these categories or the other, I guarantee you you will learn a great deal in this class.  You will learn many practical things, like how to work with new technologies that you have not ever been introduced to before.  But more importantly, you will all learn more about yourselves.  You will jump into a new realm and explore and discover.  And you will have ample chance in this class to exercise both your analytical skills and your imagination.

I look forward to speaking with all of you soon, as we discuss what this course can mean to all of us.  We will begin by collectively considering what literature is, and what new media and the digital realm might offer to expand our understanding of what literature can be.  Throughout our class together, this blog will be our “homebase”, and soon each of you will have your own linked blogs which will be syndicated here on this site.  This e-location for our work together will house our collective reflections, our resources, and our continuing conversation throughout the semester.

Here are a few videos to get that conversation started:

“How to Read A Digital Text”



“E-Literature Explained”


“The Electronic Literature Exhibit – MLA 2012”

Looking forward to getting know of each of you and working with you this semester!


Dr. Zamora

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