Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Venue: S.D.013Prinsstraat 13
Antwerpen, ANTWERP 2000 Belgium
Digital literature is an umbrella term that encompasses differing types of multimodal works of literature that are all reliant on the digital environment for their production, dissemination and/or consumption (Rettberg 2018). Digital literature can refer to hypertext fictions, algorithm-generated poetry, works created in virtual reality, online fan fiction, and various other permutations. Digital literature emerged as a concept and a field of study in the 1980s and 1990s. The rapidly changing nature and function of digital media since then have urged new definitions and approaches to this art form.
In this project we are exploring the history of digital literature in Dutch from 1971 – when Gerrit Krol’s Automatic Poetry by Pointed Information was published – to the present day. So far, we have collected more than 100 works of Dutch digital literature, using the ELMCIP (Electronic Literature Knowledge Base) database. Our next challenge is to curate a representative selection of these works and explore how they might be successfully integrated into library collections and exhibitions, at both national (Koninklijke Bibliotheek) and local (Bibliotheek Midden-Brabant) levels.
Siebe Bluijs & Lois Burke
Siebe Bluijs is a literary scholar focusing on modern Dutch literature and media. He completed his PhD at Ghent University (Belgium) and is currently working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Tilburg University’s Department of Communication and Cognition.
Lois Burke’s research focuses on nineteenth-century children’s history and digital approaches to working with library and museum collections. She is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher in Tilburg University’s Department of Communication and Cognition.
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