Questions on Electronic Literature

As Susie noted in her first post, reading electronic literature presents a completely different experience to reading “regular” literature.  Here’s some things we might think about and discuss:

Questions to consider:

What is it like to read this?

What is it like to read this in comparison to “The Garden of Forking Paths”?  How does the description of the labyrinth-novel match up with your experience of hypertext and interactive fiction?

How much control do you feel you have as a reader?  How do you feel about the amount of control you have?

How does hypertext/interactive fiction complicate our ideas of reading and writing?  How are our usual methods of analysis inadequate for dealing with hypertext/interactive fiction? What new methods can we imagine?

Are authors more likely to adopt this format now that there are standards for buying/selling eBooks?


Questions specific to stories:


How did you feel about the characterization “forced” upon you by the use of 2nd person?

Did anyone get to the “ending”?


First Draft of the Revolution

How did you feel about being “forced” to sympathize with the aristocratic magic users?

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About Katie Kaczmarek

1st year English Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland. I'm interested in investigating how print authors are changing the way they write to appeal to the generation who reads differently because they have grown up with technology.

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