Week 14 (November 24-30)

Electronic Literature III

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 performance that addresses us with the full complexity our human natures require, including the rationality of the conscious mind, the embodied response that joins cognition and emotion, and the technological non conscious that operates through sedimented routines of habitual actions, gestures, and postures. Thus understood, computation ceases to be a technical practice best left to software engineers and computer scientists and instead becomes a partner in the coevolving dynamics through which artists and programmers, users and players, continue to explore and experience the intermediating dynamics that let us understand who we have been, who we are, and who we might become. — N. Katherine Hayles, Electronic Literature, 157



  • Work on Textual Interventions Project.
  • Work on Electronic Edition Project.
  • Read lecture posts for the week. The most recent lectures can always be found on the front page for the course or using the Lecture category. Short lectures will be posted throughout the week.
    • Group 1 will read and respond to the blogs of Group 1.
    • Group 2 will read and respond to the blogs of Group 2.
    • Group 3 will read and respond to the blogs of Group 3.
    • Group 4 will read and respond to the blogs of Group 4.
  • Review and begin weekly Participation assignment forum posts.
  • Reading Response and Community Response blog posts (Online Writing Activities).
  • Graduate students: Continue working on the Annotated Bibliography assignment. Due: Dec. 2, 10:00 PM.


  • Hayles, N. Katherine. “Revealing and Transforming: How Electronic Literature Revalues Computational Practice.” Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary. Notre Dame, IN: U of Notre Dame P, 2008. 131-157. (Required text)
  • Read the following from Electronic Literature Collection, Vol. 1. Ed. N. Katherine Hayles, Nick Montfort, Scott Rettberg, and Stephanie Strickland. College Park, MD: The Electronic Literature Organization, 2006. (Available on the CD-ROM at the back of Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary and/or available online)
    • Poundstone, William. Project for Tachistoscope. (CD-ROM and online)
    • Niss, Millie, with Martha Deed. Oulipoems. (CD-ROM and online)

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