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Friday, October 30 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Translating Computational Literature

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Electronic literature, also called “digital” or “computational” and sometimes abbreviated “e-lit,” uses the capabilities of the computer in ways that are essentially connected to literary art. Works in this category include hypertext fiction, interactive fiction, poetry generators, literary bots, and digital concrete and visual poetry. E-lit is not actually closely related to e-books; the idea of the e-book is a publisher- and distributor-driven one, to repackage print literature for digital distribution. E-lit involves innovations in form, functioning, and interactivity to allow for new styles of reading (not just new method of distribution) and is driven by authors, innovating with design and computation. As challenging as it is to construct electronic literature, it can be even more complex and interesting to translate work of this sort to a new language, particularly when computation in a particular project works below the sentence level. Translating often involves not just mapping texts to texts, which can of course be challenging enough on its own, but also developing new code to model aspects of the new language. It requires new types of translation work and reveals new aspects of the relationship between computation and literature.

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Nick Montfort

MIT & SfPC
Nick Montfort's computer-generated books of poetry include #!, the collaboration 2×6, Autopia, and The Truelist, the first in the new Using Electricity series from Counterpath. Among his more than fifty digital projects are the collaborations The Deletionist, Sea and Spar Between... Read More →

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Leonardo Flores

Professor, University of Puerto Rico: Mayagüez
Leonardo Flores is a Full Professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico: Mayagüez Campus and the Treasurer for the Electronic Literature Organization. He was the 2012-2013 Fulbright Scholar in Digital Culture at the University of Bergen in Norway. His research areas are electronic... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 3:45pm - 5:00pm
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