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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Continuous, not discrete: The mutual influence of digital and physical literature (Forthcoming/Available Online)
Author(s): Rowberry, Simon
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Keywords: Agrippa: A Book of the Dead
Christian Bök
digital literature, electronic literature
performative literature
print versus digital
The Xenotext
William Gibson
Issue Date: 7-Feb-2018
Citation: Rowberry S (2018) Continuous, not discrete: The mutual influence of digital and physical literature (Forthcoming/Available Online), Convergence.
Abstract: The use of computational methods to develop innovative forms of storytelling and poetry has gained traction since the late 1980s. At the same time, legacy publishing has largely migrated to using digital workflows. Despite the possibility for crossover, the electronic literature community has generally defined their practice in opposition to print and traditional publishing practices more generally. Not only does this ignore a range of hybrid forms, but it also limits non-digital literature to print, rather than considering a range of physical literatures. In this article, I argue that it is more productive to consider physical and digital literature as convergent forms as both a historicizing process, and a way of identifying innovations. Case studies of William Gibson et al’s Agrippa (a book of the dead) and Christian Bök’s The Xenotext Project’s playful use of innovations in genetics demonstrate the productive tensions in the convergence between digital and physical literature.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1354856518755049
Rights: Simon Rowberry, Continuous, not discrete: The mutual influence of digital and physical literature, Convergence (Forthcoming). Copyright © The Author 2018. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.

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