Textual Environments and Reader Mediations in Electronic Literature

Élika Ortega

Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities

University of Kansas

@elikaortega

elikaortega@ku.edu

Between Page and Screen (2012)

The Case for the Burial of Ancestors (1985)

Vniverse (2002 & 2014)

Textual Environment

  • Print component & Electronic component
  • Push back on protocols of communication of each media object
  • Produces its own meaning-making logic
  • Creates pecific reading conditions

The Case for the Burial of Ancestors

The Case for the Burial of Ancestors

Vniverse

Vniverse

Vniverse

Between Page and Screen

Reading instructions/

Speculative handling

Preliminaries

(not conclusions)

  • complexity and intricacy of the literary and publishing media ecology

  • modification of the practices and protocols associated with each of its material components

  • radically historicized media genre of e-lit

  • specific conditions of each one constitute a laboratory to investigate contemporary changing reading and writing practices

Thank you

Textual Environments and Reader Mediations in Electronic Literature

By Élika Ortega

Textual Environments and Reader Mediations in Electronic Literature

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