Welcome. This is a blog for Interactive Literature (ENGLIT 1001), a course being offered at the University of Pittsburgh during the Spring of 2015. The posts you will find here are by students participating in this class. Over the course of the semester we will be reading and engaging with the following texts and students will be responding to them. Here is a copy of the syllabus.


The Primary Reading

Gentry, Michael S. Anchorhead1998.

Jackson, Shelley. Patchwork GirlWatertown, MA: Eastgate Systems, 1995. CD-ROM.

Joyce, MichaelTwelve Blue (1996). The Electronic Literature Collection. Vol. 1. Ed. N. Katherine Hayles, Scott Rettberg, Nick Montfort, and Stephanie Strickland. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2008. CD-ROM. Hereafter cited as ELC 1.

Memmott, TalanLexia to Perplexia1999. ELC 1.

Nelson, Jason. Dreamphage: Version 1 and 22003, 2004. ELC 1

Morrissey, Judd. The Jew’s DaughterELC 1.

Moulthrop, Stuart.  Hegirascope. New River, no. 3 (October 1997).

———. Reagan Library. Version 1.1, 2009. Originally published 1999.

Poundstone,William.  Project for Tachitoscope [Bottomless Pit]2005. ELC 1.

Short, Emily. Galatea2000. ELC 1

Strickland, Stephanie. V: WaveSon.nets/Losing L’una. New York: Penguin, 2002.

———. V: Vniverse2002.

Vidzilla, Resolution2012.

Wallace, David Foster. Infinite Jest. New York: Back Bay, 2006. First published 1996 by Little, Brown.


The Secondary Reading

Bush, Vannevar. “As We May Think,” Atlantic Monthly 176, no. 1 (July 1945): 101-8.

Deleuze, Gilles and Félix Guattari. “Introduction: Rhizome.” In A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and SchizophreniaVol. 2. Translated by Brian Massumi. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1987. 3-25.

Derrida, Jacques. “No Apocalypse, Not Now: Full Speed Ahead, Seven Missiles, Seven Missives.. Translated by Catherine Porter and Philip Lewis. In Psyche: Inventions of the Other. Vol. 1. Edited by Peggy Kamuf and Elizabeth Rottenberg. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2007. 387-409.

———. The Book to Come.” In Paper Machine. Translated by Rachel Bowlby. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2005. 4-18.

Fest, Bradley J. “The Inverted Nuke in the Garden: Archival Emergence and Anti-Eschatology in David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest,” boundary 2 39, no. 3 (Fall 2012): 125-49.

———. “Apocalypse Networks: Representing the Nuclear Archive.” In The Silence of Fallout: Nuclear Criticism in a Post-Cold War World. Edited by Michael Blouin, Morgan Shipley, and Jack Taylor. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 2013. 81-103.

Galloway, Alexander R. and Eugene ThackerThe Exploit: A Theory of Networks. Minneapolis:  University of Minnesota Press, 2007.

Gass, William H. On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry. Boston: David R. Godine, 1976. 3-13.

Grossman, Richard. “Breeze Avenue Working Paper.” In Third Person: Authoring and Exploring Vast Narratives. Edited by Pat Harrigan and Noah Wardrip-Fruin. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009. 193-207.

Hayles, N. Katherine. Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2008.

Keep, Christopher, Tim McLaughlin, and Robin Parmar. “Rethinking the Book,” “Writing and Reading Electronic Texts,” and “The Non-linear Tradition in Literature.” At The Electronic Labyrinth (1995).

Kittler, Friedrich A. Introduction to Gramophone, Film, Typewriter. Translated by Geoffrey Winthrop-Young and Michael Wutz. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1999. 1-19.

Poster, Mark. “The Digital Subject and Cultural Theory.” In The Book History Reader. 2nd ed. Edited by David Finkelstein and Alistair McCleery. New York: Routledge, 2002. 486-93.

Strickland, Stephanie. “Quantum Poetics: Six Thoughts.” In Media Poetry: An International Anthology. Edited by Eduardo Kac. Chicago: Intellect, 2007. 25-44.

Wardrip-Fruin, Noah. “Five Elements of Digital Literature.” In Reading Moving Letters: Digital Literature in Research and Teaching. Edited by Roberto Simanowski, Jörgen Schäfer, and Peter Gendolla. Verlag, Ger.: Transcript, 2005. 29-57.


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