Electronic Literature @ Wheaton

Class Thread on Augmented Reality Books (Week 10)

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This week’s prompt is provided by Abbie:

We’ve had trouble classifying some of the works we’ve read and augmented books may be harder to classify than anything else we’ve read thus far. They sit in a space between a physical book we can hold in our hands and a virtual reality. Something we are experiencing here exists in a space we can’t even begin to classify. Timothy Orme attempts to classify Between Page and Screen as this, “It’s a mirrored reading experience that places the reader in an interpolated, virtual space between the surface of the page and the surface of the screen, a space that places both text and reader as a kind of shadow, a space that enables the reader to see themselves where they are absent.” Just the title “Between Page and Screen” suggests that there is this separate place where this experience exists. When comparing Between Page and Screen and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (taking into account we haven’t fully experienced them) how does this use of augmented space work effectively or ineffectively as a component of e-literature and how close do you perceive augmented books to be to ‘true e-literature?’ (as in how well does it take advantage of technology while still being literature)

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