Jumping into the World of Elit

Jumping into a new world…

Again, it was great to see you all last Tuesday evening, and I feel like slowly but surely we are getting to know each other a bit more and we are starting to connect. It was a pleasure to read all of your introductory blogs, and I also enjoyed the “Choose A Plant” introductory exercise – just another window into who you all are!

Here are the slides from last week:

You are welcome to review our slides that cover an introduction to the most prominent genres of electronic literature (and they include some links to examples of each genre highlighted). This understanding of the general  #elit “categories” will serve as a foundational vocabulary for our overall exploration of electronic literature throughout the semester.  

The Electronic Literature Collections

Surf the Electronic Literature Collections)!  Just peek around and open up different texts to discover what awaits you there.  Start to search for a few texts you might want to choose for your review presentation.  Make a mental “shortlist” of your top choice selections to work with, as we will settle our Presentation/Review schedule next time. As you look through the Electronic Literature volumes this week, please notice the expectations & strategies you bring to the texts. What do you like & why? What frustrates you and why?  Remember to be open to new experiences. In many ways, reading elit is a whole new world.

Your “to-do” list for next class:

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 1 hour.

-Your second blog post is due.  Please write a reflection about your Twelve Blue reading experience in relation to Pressman’s article about reading elit.

Next Thursday I will see you in CAS 308, where we will settle the Course Calendar together, discuss the readings above (that you are also blogging about). In addition, I will demonstrate a couple of elit “walkthroughs” to give you a feel of what is possible.

Looking forward to it!

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