Electronic Literature @ Wheaton

Class Thread on Locative Texts (Week 12)

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This week’s prompt is provided by Joe:

Many types of e­literature pieces require technology or know­how that wasn’t available until quite recently. Locative texts are no exception and they rely on technology to aid both writer and reader in fully experiencing the literature. It is worth noting, that prior to electronic literature, most forms of literary work were able to be replicated in one way or another without the technological constraints presented by this specific genre. In light of that, what sorts of literary experiences are now available to us that weren’t in the past? In what way does the use of GPS, smart phones and global connections augment our experience in literature? What would we miss out on, if we didn’t have such technology available to us? Specifically, I’m curious about your responses to these questions as they pertain to locative text in particular.

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