ed. by Laura
Borràs Castanyer (Editorial)
5.Jg. / Nr. 33 - ISSN 1617-6901
Digital Literature and Theoretical Approaches | Concrete Poetry in Digital Media | The Frontiers between Digital Literature and Net.art | Littérature numérique, contraintes et ouvertures de lécran | Is this hypertext any good? Evaluating quality in hypermedia | These waves of memories. A hyperfiction by Caitlin Fisher | Six Problems in Search of a Solution
literary point of view, we are living through a
time characterised by disenchantment with the
oldest form of the modern revolution: hypertext.
The initial enthusiasm has given way to more
skeptical tendencies." - Laura Borràs
Castanyer introduces the research project
Hermeneia, the conference Under Construction.
Literatures and theoretical approaches, the
subject itself and the "history of
discontinuities and ruptures" behind it.
concrete poetry develop in digital media? What
is its intention? And how should one approach
it? With a meaning driven soul asking for the
message behind the technical effect and
disparaging any brainless muscle flexing? With a
spectacle driven soul enjoying all the cool
stuff one can do with programming and embracing
de "pure code" as new avant-garde? Roberto
Simanowski raises these and more questions.
Campàs shows how the frontiers between
the various disciplinary spheres are
disappearing in the digital world. He sets out
the basic aspects of what is known as digital
art and compares them with the concepts of
Roland Barthes on the post-modern text. He
finally checks the theoretical model by letting
a series of online works speak.
Balpe sets out the concept of
engrammation which deals with the
process of text mediatization and presents some
practical examples such as different algorithmic
programming in order to illustrate the
is quality in hypertext? How do we judge a
hypertext collection of documents (or web) to be
successful or unsuccessful, to be good or bad as
hypertext? How can we judge if a particular
hypertext achieves elegance or just mediocrity?
To answer these questions George Landow proposes
a number of basic rules a hypertext should
Koskimaa takes a closer look on some of the
aspects of Caitlin Fisher's These Waves of
Girls, a confessional autobiography about a
girl coming to terms with her lesbian identity.
Koskimaa discusses the relation between the
critic and the work, between textual and
audio-visual representation, personal and social
relations, and between hypertextual structure
and autobiographical, unreliable narration.
Eskelinen discusses the challenge of cybertext
theory and ludology to literary theory in six
steps. Among others he asks how we should extend
literary narratology beyond its print heritage,
demands readers and scholars to give up the idea
of literary wholes and to pursue happiness in
the form of parts, phases and playthings, and
shed some ludological light into the recent
trend of building textual instruments and
ed. by Laura Borràs Castanyer (Editorial)