DigLitWeb: Digital Literature Web

E for Essays

This web-section contains selected seminar papers. It also identifies contributors to the DigLitWeb archive. Its aim is to set up a learning environment where reading and writing processes can be shared, so that each person can benefit from previous work in the production of new texts. While many electronic hypertext properties have been inherited from printed texts, particularly with regard to the structuring and indexing of information, there are also properties that change the social and conceptual space for reading and writing. The flexibility of electronic reproduction seems particularly suited to the metacognitive and social construction of learning. In a certain sense, the webpage can be seen as a means for collective writing, a form of writing that is at once shared, instantaneous, and ongoing. It is less a final document, than it is a draft to be continuously rewritten and redistributed. Because they bear witness to different stages in the process of knowledge production, these essays reflect the provisional and tentative nature of communication in educational and research contexts.

Electronic hypertext creates a new public space, i.e., a new space for publication, in which the roles of author and reader alternate within a recursive dynamics, overcoming the rigidity that defines their performances in print culture. This community of networked writing and reading has established new forms of literacy based upon social relationships mediated by digital technology. One of the most interesting aspects of hypertext is precisely this technical possibility of constructing a narrative of reading that turns margins and annotations into places of permanent rewriting. To read in hypertext is to leave traces of reading paths, which are, at the same time, navigational maps that become available for other routes. Linking becomes a peculiar form of writing. In a way, this could be a definition of DigLitWeb: an index of links, conceptual leaps, material associations, erratic conjectures not entirely random, and neither fully structured. But rather a written vestige of the tropism of reading, which is like a droplet on the spider’s web or the snail’s reflective slime. This section is divided into three webpages:

 

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1. Codex and Computer: contains papers that look at books and computers as spaces for writing, reading, editing, and inventing.   2. Electronic Editing: publishes seminar papers on archives, editions, and sites of literatures in English.   3. Wreaders: contains biographical notes on the contributors to DigLitWeb.

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