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  1. Dec 2022
    1. This definition of e-lit is really just trying to understand the merge between literary work and the digital realm. Understanding that the term has been misused to simply mean digital copies of literary text (books) but unveiling a new meaning of where the text and digital realm are intertwined and unable to be separated.

    1. I will be writing about a series of concepts I’ve been developing called the “simples” of digital literature. Each of these simples describes some element of the deep structure of the text/algorithm interaction inherent in all digital textuality — those places where the mathematical underpinnings of text as it appears on the screen (since there is always something at work keeping the text you are reading now visible) and how artists exploit them to create unique effects.

      This is the most inclusive definition of e-lit I have encountered. It goes beyond text or storytelling in a digital medium to the actual mathematical underpinnings of how to get text on a screen and even the fragility of how long it can be there. There is a process beyond just the interaction between reader/viewer and the story/work but between the computer and and the text/code linking it all together at its root.

    1. lectronic Literature is an emergent literary form and academic field, whose genesis in the U.S. can be traced, as mentioned elsewhere on this website, to the work by Michael Joyce, afternoon: a story. As a form, it can be described as "literary works created with the use of a computer for the electronic medium such that they cannot be experienced in any meaningful way without the mediation of an electronic device"

      This definition of e-lit really emphasizes the medium (technology/electronic) as inescapable from the form. E-lit cannot exist without computing technology and can not be consumed without it.