Welcome 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”
“The Electronic Literature Exhibit – MLA 2012”
Looking forward to getting know of each of you and working with you this semester!