Cover

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Frontmatter

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CONTENTS

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p. v

FIGURES

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pp. vii-viii

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READ ME

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pp. ix-xiv

This book, with its related website and accompanying CD featuring volume 1 of the Electronic Literature Collection, is intended to help electronic literature move into the classroom. For someone teaching a course on contemporary literature, for example, it can be used along with a unit on electronic literature ...

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Electronic Literature: What Is It?

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pp. 1-42

This fanciful scenario is meant to suggest that the place of writing is again in turmoil, roiled now not by the invention of print books but the emergence of electronic literature. Just as the history of print literature is deeply bound up with the evolution of book technology as it built on wave after wave of technical innovations, ...

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Intermediation: From Page to Screen

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pp. 43-86

Literature in the twenty-first century is computational. As noted in chapter 1, almost all print books are digital files before they become books; this is the form in which they are composed, edited, composited, and sent to the computerized machines that produce them as books. They should, then, properly be considered as electronic texts for which print is the output form. ...

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Contexts for Electronic Literature: The Body and the Machine

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pp. 87-130

The context of networked and programmable media from which electronic literature springs is part of a rapidly developing mediascape transforming how citizens of developed countries do business, conduct their social lives, communicate with each other, and perhaps most significantly, how they construct themselves ...

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Revealing and Transforming: How Electronic Literature Revalues Computational Practice

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pp. 131-158

When body and machine interact, intermediating dynamics between them give rise to emergent phenomena crucial to understanding the effects of electronic literature. The logic of coevolution implies, however, that just as networked and programmable media are transforming literature, ...

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The Future of Literature: Print Novels and the Mark of the Digital

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pp. 159-186

Nothing is riskier than prediction; when the future arrives, we can be sure only that it will be different than we anticipated. Nevertheless, I will risk a prognostication: digital literature will be a significant component of the twenty-first century canon. Less a gamble than it may appear, ...

NOTES

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pp. 187-210

INDEX

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pp. 211-223