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No. 40
(2010) ISSN 1617-6901

ed. by Patricia Tomaszek (Editorial)

Politics, Representation, and the Interpretation of Video Games | Electronic Literature and the Mashup of Analog and Digital Code | Default Settings and Electronic Poetics | Understanding New Media Art | The Monstrous Book and the Manufactured Body in the Late Age of Print | Performative Reading | Arabic Online Literature |
Love Notes, Codes and Digital Curtains



Braxton Soderman: Every Game the Same Dream? Politics, Representation, and the Interpretation of Video Games

What are possible interpretative strategies for analyzing games? How much attention require the games mechanics, narratives, and representational elements? How much the historic contours and politics? Braxton Soderman notes, in the mode of a first-person-narrative, all observations made in a particular action before moving on to a dialogue on the labour of interpretation that involves a discussion of Fredric Jameson, Susan Sontag, and Terry Eagleton.

Eduardo Navas: Electronic Literature and the Mashup of Analog and Digital Code

New Media Art usually creates crossovers from a variety of creative practices. (Moving) images, soundcapes, and texts blur, the same holds true for the role authorship in a networked culture. Eduardo Navas explores what it means to write and read digital objects and takes works of electronic literature as his tutor examples.

Davin Heckman: Inside Outside the Box: Default Settings and Electronic Poetics

Death by default? Davin Heckman investigates default settings in our technology-driven life and presents artworks that challenge notions of how to deal with mortality. He traces a path through larger social and philosophical questions about technology via Heidegger and introduces his readers to a philosophical concept that affirms humans to live in "default" of their origin.

Roberto Simanowski: Understanding New Media Art Through Close Reading. Four Remarks on Digital Hermeneutics

How to develop a close reading of digital art as a critical reading? Where shall we start? How much attention shall we pay to the work at hand, how much to general theory? What are the central aspects of a hermeneutic perspective in digital media and how much traditional methodology ought it to contain? Roberto Simanowski proposes answers in four steps.

John M. Vincler: The Monstrous Book and the Manufactured Body in the Late Age of Print: Material Strategies for Innovative Fiction in Shelley Jackson's Patchwork Girl and Steve Tomasula's VAS: An Opera in Flatland

In this contribution, Vincler questions materialities of both digital and analog literary artifacts by closely reading its para- and extratextual elements. The chosen works do not only ask how technology determines our literature but also open the floor to discuss the relationship of the reader's mind, the body, and the literary work.

Scott Rettberg: Performative Reading: Attending The Last Performance [dot org]

Scott Rettberg attends the The Last Performance [dot org] and tests various methodologies for reading a work of electronic literature that manifests in various instantiations. A close reading of fragments that takes into account the computational and narrative system, the network of authors, and cannibalistic writing practices under constraint.

Nele Lenze: Aspects of Arabic Online Literature in the Gulf

Does there exist a literary system of Arabic online literature? With this contribution, Nele Lenze introduces online venues in which literary activity in the United Arab Emirates takes place and discusses what it means to the literary artifact to "travel" in a remixed fashion.

Martina Pfeiler: (Re-)Reading Moving Letters: Love Notes, Codes and Digital Curtains: A Review

Martina Pfeiler reviews a book that engages with reading and teaching digital cultural objects: Reading Moving Letters: Digital Literature in Research and Teaching. A Handbook.

Next Issue:
Communities in Electronic Literature (Fall 2011).
Guest-edited by Scott Rettberg and Patricia Tomaszek

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