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Archiving Electronic Literature and Poetry
16. November 2010
Florian Hartling/Beat Suter
Archivierung von digitaler Literatur: Probleme - Tendenzen - Perspektiven /
Archiving Electronic Literature and Poetry: Problems, Tendencies,
Frankfurt am Main et al.: Peter Lang 2010. (=Sonderheft SPIEL: Siegener
Periodicum zur Internationalen Empirischen Literaturwissenschaft. Jg. 29
(2010). H. 1+2)
289 Seiten, ISSN 0722-7833
* Extended Abstract to the Special Issue
* Content and Introduction
* Order it with the publisher
Electronic literature and E-Poetry is updated, interactive, subjective and
well networked. But how durable is it? How long do texts published on web
pages remain readable? What happens to the old issues if one visits a
literature magazine ³through the web²? How is a blog archived? Should texts
that are deliberately published on the fleeting medium internet be conserved
at all for the future?
It seems ironic that the transient character of the internet is attached to
a medium that seems to be very suitable for documentation and archiving. And
still each website only remains available on the internet at its original
address for less than 100 days on average. Afterwards it moves or is erased
completely. This is of course also the case for Net literature.
However, different genres turn the tables. These conceptions donıt even have
the problems of archiving and musealization, but explicitly excluded them.
The temporary and transience becomes the topic of literature.
In this special issue of the magazine SPIEL: ³Siegener periodical for
International Empirical Literature Study² new methods and objects of the
archiving of Net Literature are presented with very different points of view
being represented. In addition to theoretical articles on this topicıs
specific problems, Net authors, Electronic literature authors, E-poets and
institutes engaged in or familiar with archiving comment on this.
Please find more information at: http://archivierung.hartling.org/
<http://archivierung.hartling.org/> . The special issue can be ordered from:
http://bit.ly/ax2GBH <http://bit.ly/ax2GBH> .
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Creative Interdisciplinary Research in CoLlaborative Environments
Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice
Centre for Film, Performance and Media Arts
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