No. 39
(2009) ISSN 1617-6901

ed. by Roberto Simanowski

Analytical Methods in the Digital Reading | Teaching Digital Literature | Cross-Modal Comparative Literature | Watching Video Games | Framing Locative Consiousness | Ephemeral Passages | Navigation in Hypertext | Event Society | Terror and Art | Authorship | E-Poetry 2009 | Networxx 2018

Francisca Ricard & Roberto Simanowski: On Analytic Method in the Digital Reading

This conversation between Francisco J. Ricardo and Roberto Simanowski lays out modes of reading new media art that can do justice to its unique ontologies; a phenomenology that goes beyond the formalism of the work and opens to a critical reading.

Roberto Simanowski: Teaching Digital Literature. Didactic and Institutional Aspects

Digital media is increasingly finding its way into the discussions of the humanities classroom. The book Reading Moving Letters addresses this need and provides examinations by nine scholars and teachers from different national academic backgrounds. Simanowski's introduction reflects on how and why we should teach digital literature and conduct close readings in academia.

John Zuern: Toward a Cross-Modal Comparative Literature

In his contribution to Reading Moving Letters John Zuern reveals what the emerging field of digital literature studies and the more established discipline of comparative literature contribute to one another in terms of defining concepts and methods of literary analysis. Considering the aim of many present-day comparatists to overcome the ideological strictures of "national language," Zuern suggests scholarship in electronic literature should head in a similar direction and cultivate skepticism about the essentialism of the "digital".

Kris Ligman: Watching the Game: Video Games as a Function of Performance and Spectatorship

How does the spectatorship of video games experience those games' enacted narratives. What possible implications may the non-playing game audiences have upon the video games industry?

Francisco Ricardo: Framing Locative Consciousness

What is the role of memory in constituting placemaking. Places do not exists in disconnection with events. Consequently, memory plays an important role in constituting placemaking. Francisco Ricardo explores how locative media art creates a union of place and event.

Alexandra Saemmer: Ephemeral passages La Série des U and Passage by Philippe Bootz

The poems La Série des U and Passage seem to fit perfectly in the aesthetics of the ephemeral. Yet, the mimetic aesthetics, the aesthetics of the ephemeral and of re-enchantment alternately intertwine, merge or mutually exclude one another, which raises a number of fundamental questions about digital poetics. Alexandra Saemmer takes then on in a close reading of Bootz' digital poem.

James Pope: The significance of navigation and interactivity design for readers’ responses to interactive narrative

There is a 'mis-match' of the narrative and the delivery platform in interactive (hypertext) fiction with negative consequences for the audience' experiences. Refering to data from empirical study of readers' responses to a range of examples, James Pope discusses style and usability of the interface, aiming to offer some guidance to writers.

Roberto Simanowski: Digitale Medien in der Erlebnisgesellschaft

How democratic is online communication? How creative is the Facebook community? How much grassroot construction is in Web 2.0 social networks? How cosmopolitic is the "online-nation"? How active is interactive art? These are, among others, the questions Roberto Simanowski tackles in his book Digitale Medien in der Erlebnisgesellschaft (Digital Medie in the Event Society). This essay describes the situation and introduces the questions.

Roberto Simanowski: Die Terrorisierung der Kunst und die Ästhetisierung des Terrors

This essay is the Epilog of the book Digitale Medien in der Erlebnisgesellschaft and discusses the role art may play in times of terror: When the theater experience is terrorised and when the terror is aestheticized.

Florian Hartling: Dissoziierte Autoren. Netzliterarische Autorschaft zwischen Tradition und Experiment

As we have realized: Digital media are not the death of the author. Traditional concepts of authorship have survived and even computer generated texts are not only gtenerated by the machine. Florian Hartling offers a typology of authorship online and a close reading of an early example of computer generated poetry in Germany.

Chis Funkhouser: Encapsulating E-Poetry 2009. Some views on contemporary digital poetry

Digital poet and researcher Chris Funkhouser attends E-Poetry 2009 in Barcelona and files a quite detailed report on what he heard and saw.

Alexa Mathias: Networxx 2018 (eine Zukunftsphantasie)

What role will digital media play in our life in a decade from now? Alexa Mathias has an idea, which even includes her toothbrush

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