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Electronic Literature

Review: 'Disperse the Light' an Exhibition of New E-Lit

Illya Szilak | Posted 09.19.2014 | Books
Illya Szilak

Each year writers, critics and scholars of "born digital" literature congregate at the Electronic Literature Organization conference.

A Book Itself Is a Little Machine: Emily Short's Interactive Fiction (Part 2)

Illya Szilak | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Illya Szilak

Interactive fiction makes the game-like quality of language overt. In this, it shares an affinity with poetry and with political rhetoric.

A Book Itself Is a Little Machine: Emily Short's Interactive Fiction

Illya Szilak | Posted 12.30.2013 | Books
Illya Szilak

When I was first approached to write a piece about interactive fiction (IF), my first thought was of a bunch of geeky teenage boys playing text versions of Dungeons and Dragons on their computers in a moldy rec-room.

Books That Nobody Reads: E-lit at the Library of Congress

Illya Szilak | Posted 06.24.2013 | Books
Illya Szilak

From April 3-5, the most vaunted library in the land hosted "Electronic Literature and Its Emerging Forms" an exhibition of 27 works of "born digital" literature, as well as print antecedents from the collection and hands-on interactive literary exercises for visitors.

The Death of the Author: E-lit and Collective Creativity

Illya Szilak | Posted 02.26.2013 | Books
Illya Szilak

For many electronic writers, collaboration, though not crowdsourcing, is a necessary and often preferred way of writing. Few people have all the skills necessary to create works that require web-design, coding, excellent writing, and use of image and sound.

The Death Of The Novel And The Rise Of E-Lit

Illya Szilak | Posted 01.08.2013 | Arts
Illya Szilak

Installation view of Noah Wardrip-Fruin's "Screen" from the Second Electronic Literature Collection "The slow erosion of a reading public that began...