New on the Electronic Book Review: Electropoetics

In the latest selection from the Electronic Book Review, Associate Editor Lori Emerson brings together both critics and creators of electronic poetry, some of whom established themselves at the very start and many more who are recent entrants in the field of electronic literature. Essays on print poetry as well as born digital poetry help to situate the field in both a trans-disciplinary and trans-national context.

The collection (more than twenty essays in all) includes three review-essays on the Electronic Literature Collection (volume 1), published by the ELO: “How to Think (with) Thinkertoys” by Adalaide Morris; “Letters That Matter” by John Zuern; and “Electronic Literature circa WWW (and Before)” by Chris Funkhouser. New essays on and by Douglas Barbour, Michael Barrett, Greg Betts, Christof Bruno, Charles Bernstein, Stephen Cain, Robert Creeley, Clayton Eshleman, Alan Fisher, Eduardo Kac, Hugh Kenner, Walter Benn Michaels, Jay Murphy, Janet Neigh, Soren Pold, Christopher Nolan, Jaishree Odin, Tom Raworth, Maggie O’Sullivan, Stephanie Strickland, Angela Szczepaniak, Steve Tomasula, and Eugene Thacker.

Volume 1 of the Collection in The Philadelphia Inquirer

The Electronic Literature Collection, volume one is the topic of Katie Haegele’s column in the Philadelphia Inquirer this week. She writes:

But wouldn’t it be nice to get our arms around this thing, to get a sense of the full breadth and scope of what’s called digital literature?

The 60 works in the first volume of the Electronic Literature Collection (ELC) ( – edited by N. Katherine Hayles, Nick Montfort, Scott Rettberg and Stephanie Strickland – show the wide range of forms that exist within the genre.

The column describes the keyword index and discusses four of the pieces included in volume one of the Collection in detail.

New Reviews in Cyberculture Studies for May 2006

Washington University’s Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies (RCCS) presents three new book reviews this month:

Basque Cyberculture: From Digital Euskadi to Cybereuskalherria (University of Nevada: Center for Basque Studies, 2006), Andoni Alonso and Inaki Arzoz, reviewed by Loykie Lomine, with a response from Andoni Alonso;

Biomedia (University of Minnesota Press, 2004), Eugene Thacker, reviewed by Pramod K. Nayar, with a response from Eugene Thacker;

Applied Ethics in Internet Research (Trondheim, Norway: NTNU University Press, 2003), May Thorseth, editor, reviewed by Ted M. Coopman.

New Issue of ebr: Electronic Book Review

In this issue of ebr, the “waves” thread features essays on “Feminisms: Post, Past, and Present,” introduced by Elizabeth Joyce.

The “critical ecologies” thread includes a review of Lawrence Lessig’s Free Culture and Our Public Needs.

In “end construction,” another response to Lori Emerson’s November 2005 review of Walter Benn Michaels.

“electropoetics” offers Luc Herman and Bart Vervaeck on “Marie Laure-Ryan, Narrative as Virtual Reality”.

Plus reviews of new electronic fictions “Man in the Stretcher,” by Kenneth Bernard, and “Charlie P” by Dick Kalich.

New Reviews in Cyberculture Studies

Jeff Rice’s Writing About Cool: Hypertext and Cultural Studies in the Computer Classroom is reviewed by J.M. King at the Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies. Other books reviewed include Women and Everyday Uses of the Internet: Agency and Identity (Lang, 2002); Shaping the Network Society: The New Role of Civil Society in Cyberspace (MIT Press, 2004); and Granny@Work: Aging and New Technology on the Job in America.

Review of The New Media Reader

The New Media Reader (MIT Press, 2003), edited by Noah Wardrip-Fruin and Nick Montfort, is reviewed by Ravi Srinivas Krishna in the current issue of Information, Communication and Society (iCS). iCS 8.2 also includes articles by Caroline Haythornthwaite on “Social Networks and Internet Connectivity Effects,” Denise Carter on “Living in Virtual Communities: An Ethnography of Human Relationships in Cyberspace,” and more.

New Reviews in Cyberculture Studies

Among the new Reviews in Cyberculture Studies of interest to the eliterature community:

–John F. Barber and John Carr on Anthony G. Wilhelm’s Digital Nation: Toward an Inclusive Information Society (MIT Press, 2004)

–Jessica M. Laccetti on Mari-Laure Ryan’s anthology of essays Narrative Across Media: The Languages of Storytelling (University of Nebraska Press, 2004)

New Media Article Writing Competition Winners

trAce and Writers for the Future are pleased to announce the winners of New Media Article Writing Competition: Review category – “A Bad Machine Made of Words” by Nick Montfort; Opinion category – “Are cell phones new media? Hybrid communities and collective authorship” by Adriana de Souza e Silva; Process category – “Writing 4 Cyberformance” by Karla Ptacek & Helen Varley Jamieson; Editor’s Choice Award – “Show Me Your Context, Baby: My Love Affair with Blogs” by Kate Baggott; Honourable Mention – “Postcards From Writing” by Sally Pryor.

New Reviews in Cyberculture Studies

This month’s new books reviews at RCCS are: David E. Nye’s America as Second Creation: Technology and Narratives of New Beginnings reviewed by Craig McFarlane; Jeffrey Sconce’s Haunted Media: Electronic Presence From Telegraphy to Television reviewed by Dougie Bicket; Andy Clark’s Natural Born Cyborgs: Minds, Technologies, and the Future of Human Intelligence reviewed by Steven A. Benko; Hubert L. Dreyfus’s On the Internet reviewed by Geoffrey Cain; Chong-En Bai & Chi-Wa Yuen’s Technology and the New Economy reviewed by Suely Fragoso; and Geert Lovink’s Uncanny Networks: Dialogues with the Virtual Intelligentsia reviewed by Ted Kafala.