Lecture: On Hayles’ “Revealing and Transforming”

Through such intermediations, computation evolves into something more than a technical practice, though of course it is also that. It becomes a powerful way to reveal to us the implications of our contemporary situation, creating revelations that work both within and beneath conscious thought. Joining technical practice with artistic creation, computation is revalued into a […]

Lecture: The Oulipo

While we’ve encountered the Ouvroir de littérature potentielle, or Oulipo, a number of times already, we take a close look at them this week. Founded in 1960, the Oulipo, which roughly translates as Workshop for Potential Literature, was co-founded by novelist and poet Raymond Queneau and mathematician François Le Lionnais, inspired by their collaboration on Queneau’s Cent Mille Milliards de Poèmes (Hundred […]

On Ramsay’s “‘Patacomputing” and “Postconditions”

With the chapter “‘Patacomputing,” Stephan Ramsay returns us the concept of pataphysics (the science of imaginary solutions), which he introduced us to in the second chapter of Reading Machines, “Potential Literature.” If you recall that reading and its corresponding lecture, you’ll remember that Ramsay drew specifically upon C. P. Snow’s 1959 lecture “The Two Cultures and the […]

Lecture: Introduction to Week 12

“In an age when the computer itself has gone from being a cold arbiter of numerical facts to being a platform for social networking and self-expression, we may well wonder whether those new kinds of critical acts are in fact already implicit in the many interfaces that seek only to facilitate thought, self-expression, and community. […]

Lecture: On Hayles’ “Intermediation: From Page to Screen”

In the “Intermediation: From Page to Screen” chapter of  Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary, N. Katherine Hayles introduces the concept of intermediation as a way of understanding the complex interactions taking place between a human reading a work of electronic literature and the text themselves as they are performed by “an intelligent machine” (44). Intermediation, she […]

Lecture: On Price’s “Edition, Project, Database, Archive, Thematic Research Collection”

While Kenneth Price’s purpose for writing “Edition, Project, Database, Archive, Thematic Research Collection: What’s in a Name?” is to propose a new term for describing the kinds of “large-scale, text-based electronic scholarship” (par. 1) now taking place, the article serves a useful purpose in bringing together and exploring various terms we’ve encountered this term. As he […]

Lecture: Introduction to Week 11

“The danger in applying critical models developed for print is that the new possibilities opened for literary creation and interpretation will simply not be seen. Whatever limitations intermediation as a theory may have, its virtue as a critical framework is that it introduces computation into the picture at a fundamental level, making it not an optional […]

Electronic Editions in Action: JSTOR’s Understanding Hamlet

We talked a bit about metadata and XML markup back in Week 4, in particular in the lecture “Electronic Scholarly Editions and Digital Scholarly Editing.” We’ve also had some optional readings on metadata and XML, usually focusing specifically on the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) guidelines for using XML to mark up texts, including this week’s […]