(above: the MLA 2012 Electronic Literature Exhibit promo video)
2012Â marksÂ the 20thÂ anniversary of the first session at the MLA on electronic literature, and, fittingly, the ELO was a strong force at this yearâ€™s conference this past January.
A number of projects were showcased, making use of multiple platforms, including desktops (curated by Dene Grigar), mobile devices (curated by Kathi Inman Berens) and live performance (curated by Lori Emerson).
The stories told this year made an impact on all who came to see them. The exhibit was covered by electronic literature experts from around countryâ€”Laurie N. Taylor, Digital Humanities Librarian at the University of Florida said â€œThe E-Lit Exhibit is an excellent example of making scholarship count in terms of impact, return on investment, engagement, and all of the other work that scholarship ideally endeavors to achieve.â€
The exhibit was featured inÂ Digital Humanities Now, and got a shout-out in HASTACâ€™s article on the MLA conference, calledÂ â€œOnce More with Feelingâ€: How the MLA Found Its Heart.Â References to the exhibit made their way into scholarly databases, and even new scholarship and creative output was generated by people involved with the exhibit.