Electronic Literature is something that is created digitally and is meant to be viewed digitally. As explained by Katherine Hayles, "Electronic Literature is generally considered to exclude print literature that has been digitalized." [1] Therefore, a book that is originally in print form but is transformed into an e-book is NOT an example of Electronic Literature.What makes Electronic Literature different from other types of literature is that it is able to incorporate digital elements (such as photos, music etc.) along with the text, which creates an interactive experience for the reader.


History of Electronic LiteratureEdit


Electronic Literature began to be introduced in what is known as the Postmodernism era.As stated by Porter Olsen in lecture one."This is era is usually associated with a more artistic sensibility or movement that follows the previously modernist period.[1][2]The postmodernism era began around the 1950's or as some believe about the time of the atomic bomb scare. This led people to begin breaking up attempted perfection in the world and pushing towards a more abstract,non traditional era. Art was beginning to be presented in 3D, more abstract, was non-representational, forced deliberate expression of intertextuality and kept breaking traditions. Intertexuality, "meta", irony, hypertext, and remixes are terms introduced with the newer era that really reshaped society and culture as a whole.

Postmodernism Authors/Film DirectorsEdit



What is Electronic Literature?Edit

  • As defined by the Electronic Literature Organization (ELO): Electronic Literature is a "work with an important literary aspect that takes advantage of the capabilities and contexts provided by the stand-alone or networked is 'digital born', a first-generation digital object created on a computer and usually meant to be read on a computer." [3]
  • As stated by Loss Pequeno Glazier "electronic literature is best understood as a continuation of experimental print literature." [4]

Genres of Electronic LiteratureEdit

  1. Hypertext Fiction
  2. Code Work[[Interactive Fiction|
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  3. Flash Poetry
  4. Generative Poetry
  5. Interactive Fiction (IF)
  6. Locative Narratives
  7. Blog Fiction

Examples Edit

Flash Poetry - "Faith" by Robert Kendall

Hypertext Fiction: "My Body" by Shelly Jackson

Code Work: "Waiting" by Damon Harmon {C}{C} {C} {C}

Generative Poetry: "Regime Change" by Noah Wardrip

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  1. (Hayles, Katherine)"Electronic Literature: What is it?"
  2. (Olsen,Porter)"What is Electronic Literature"
  3. "Electronic Literature: What is it?"
  4. "Electronic Literature: What is it?"