Hi. I'm a hypertext / electronic literature / new media / electronic
expression addict. I confess that I have now been an unrelenting addict for a couple of decades. Probably, at this stage, it is hopeless...
WARNING about this stuff:
Warning: Reading electronic literature can cause sleepless nights, longing for tools that do not exist
yet, and dangerous transmissions of ideas.
Official advice: Do not stray any further into
the realms of the incredible possibilities offered by combining sound,
images, motion, navigation, and structure into a symbiociation of meaning.
Do not imagine telling a story from more than one character's viewpoint,
showing paths between nodes that continue a theme, and weaving many connections
Ok, you have been duly warned. Now for the fun stuff:
- Peek at my webshelf to find something to read. A webshelf is like a bookshelf--and I organized mine by how long a work takes to interact with.
- Get the basics of electronic literature rhetoric with my new Fundamentals. This is a coloring book/hornbook for electronic literature--it provides basic explanations of rhetorical devices (e.g., links, paths, navigation, images, sounds, etc.), simpler exercises for you to do and play with, and links to works that use these devices.
- Check out the wonderful online community
- See my works and links.
fast updates, daily blogs, or great insights here.There are many great
places to look, and I am keeping this list more for my own aid to memory
than for any one else's aid to instruction. This isn't the best place
to get your daily fix of stuff, but there is no shortage of places to
You can email
me at deenalarsen at
yahoo dot com and get the news much faster than
I will update this site. (I have updated the links as of February 2012.)
electronic literary forays: (listed in chronological order on my
cv). The Virginia Tech's Center for
Digital Discourse and Culture has graciously offered to host this
and other web -art and literature sites to promote new media literature
and art. These mirror links are in the (VT) beside the names. I am an
independant writer, and sometimes my website goes down because my ISP
forgets to pay the light bill.
- Marble Springs 3.0 (2011) is a wiki based work revising and rewriting Marble Springs. Explore the lives of Colorado women and add your own intertwinings.
- Modern Moral Fairy Tale (2010) is a very tight but complex interweaving of four separate story threads--from a sentient internet cafe to dissidents to salmon reading their newspapers.
- Datafeeds shows the same event in three social worlds (the blind, the sighted, and the heartbeat-sensors).
|Word as Hypertext: Yes, you can use a straight word doc as a hypertext--if you add links, play with the multiple layers in the comments, etc.
- Triptych (pdf) (2011) is a poem for Robert Lavett Smith--who lost his love just as I found mine, and who was there for me when I lost mine.
collaborations: The page_space collaborations explore relations
between content and design.
Princess Murderer is a game based narrative with sex and violence.
Electron is a love story based on the periodic table of elements,
with a philosophical treatise woven in and around it.
poem: Firefly is a poem 6 lines long with 5 stanzas. However,
each line is also 6 lines "deep." Click on the line to uncover
imagery work: Experiments in backdrops of imagery and motion and
sound for language.
Shandean Ambles, Drunken Boat, Spring 2005
in Epimone 2003
(Click on English, pieces...) (VT)
Muse Apprentice Guild, 2002 (VT)
River, 2001 Nowhere else, emailed for
2001 (no longer have original
novel/kanji-ku: Anna has disappeared and the only clue she leaves
is an open internet connection. This is a complex layered work where
2 levels of kanji-kus serve as structure and framework. Come on in,
the water's fine!
are short poems based on the Japanese kanji or ideogram for the
word itself. I want to explore the innate meanings inherent in the
things. If anyone would like to help me upgrade these, I would be
we mourn the loss of Cauldron and Net.
in Tattoo Highway, 2002 (VT)
an accessible version
the Sun, Project
Hope, 2001 (VT)
Poetry Center, 2000 (VT)
Akenatondocks published cd, 2000 (VT)
Moves, in Cauldron and Net, 2000 (VT)
at the Galaxy's Edges, in Planet
Magazine, 1999 (VT)
Rumbles, in New
River, 1999 (VT)
Language of the Void,
the Meridian, 1999 (VT)
Loves, in Eastgate's
Reading Room, 1999 (VT)
works: These works explore a structural theme using layout, imagery,
words, and navigation.
|Disk based work--These are my works from Eastgate Systems. Samplers is a foray into structural storytelling using Storyspace. Marble Springs is a HyperCard based work which explores the lives of women in a Colorado mining town
I also wrote and designed a hypertext for Reclamation--now you can explore ways to actually get things done in government.
Dancing in a Maze: Ternary Logic, Language, and Mind-States in Glide,
Arts and Culture May 19, 2003
doors: Using new media techniques to aid students withdevelopmental
disabilities Fine Arts Forum, 2003
Criticism/Writing about Hypertextwith geniwate, Adrian Miles, mez,
Rich Higgason, and Julianne Chatelian, ed by Susana Tosca and Jill Walker,
JODI, Volume 3 Issue 3, 2003
Quick Buzz Around the Universe of Digital Poetry, Survey
You See is not What I See in Currents. for Currents in Electronic
Literacy Fall 2001
Encounters of the Technical Kind, Riding
for Hypertext. Interview, Dichtung Digital, 2000
publishing and hypertext, Just Views
and tribulations of an electronic thesis, About Electronic Theses
- A short
discussion of Stone Moons (forthcoming work)
Rob Kendall's Electronic courses
- Eng 789:
Technopoetry: Electronic Literature and New Media (Johnston, W) at Emory
University, Graduate Program, Spring
2003 using Sea Whispers and Language of the Void
media [nclc375/engl360] syllabus, (Leslie Smith and Dean Taciuch)at
New Century College & the Department of English George Mason University,
2002, using Firefly
- RDG 530
(John E. McEneaney) Fall,
2002 using Stained Word Window
Introduction to Creative Writing Poetry, at Middlebury College, Vermont,
in a Wired World, at University of Maryland (Jason Rhody) using
(Stephanie Stickland), at Georgia Institute of Technology, 2002,
You See is not What I See in Currents.
698 Hypertext Design Studio at New Jersey Institute of Technology,(Chris
and using Ferris Wheels
Spatially in the New Media Writing #6257 Fall 2001, (Carolyn Guertin)
at Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta, Canada
2001 Powerpoint Course Syllabus using Sampers
in Transition, NEH, (Kate Hayles)
2001, using Disappearing Rain
Writing 108 Fall
2001, version 3.0, University of California, Berkeley using Father
165 Hyperliterature, English 236, andHyperliterature
328 at UC Santa Barbara Department of English (Alan Lui)
115 at Vanderbuilt University using Samplers (2001) using Bubbles
652: writing hypertext, Virginia Commonwealth University, (Elizabeth
State University, South Dakota, Fall
2000 using Samplers
me (deenalarsen AT yahoo DOT com) to find out the precise URLs for works