From E-Lit to the Kindle

Electronic literature could be a creative dead-end for print authors that are use to the traditions of books on shelves and readers sticking their nose in them as the smell the pages aging as they read.  At the same time, electronic literature is possibly a new way to attempt a form of literature that a new generation can get adjusted to.  The ability to have a computer and create a form of literature that the reader can interact with; something that they want to be enveloped with in such a way in which the author/creator of the work can force the reader to think critically of what they are truly doing in the work itself.  The electronic literature seems to be branching into something different, something that is evolving into something not as creative but more into the lines of portable electronic literature.

E-lit writers are allowing readers to be involved in their work but it is technologically advanced.  They use various programs that are only available with the use of the computer. A variety of media and programs allow the author to push the limits of their creativity in order for them to fully express what they want in their work.  They are able to place certain animated images (or animated text) for the reader to be entertained as well as reflect that the work is portraying.  The way the images/text move across the screen could be relevant to the work as a whole.  With electronic literature, the way of explicating the text has become a difficult task for readers; however, this challenge does force the reader to broaden their aspect of breaking down the work.   For the author to piece together this complicated literary animations, they either have some knowledge of Flash media (or any other computer media) or they don’t and have to look elsewhere.  In putting the works together, they take their time and have specific ways as to how to perform the piece for the reader.  This process is complicated and frustrating; not just for the author starting out for the first time, but for the reader themselves.

The movement of electronic literature seems to have a dim light in the future as we progress further with the use of technology.  It seems to be more of a creative project than anything else; a project that is mostly associated with poetry rather than fiction.  Where e-lit is leading to is more of portable device that readers are able to download on to their phones.   They don’t look for the animation and images, they are focused on the text and what they can envelope with their own minds.  Downloading text seems to have been branched off from electronic literature.  Sooner or later everyone is going to own a Kindle and read Jane Austen from anywhere in the world.

–Stephanie Moreno

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