Tragedy in Electronic Literature


While still a student at Cambridge, I was invited by Adrian Poole to deliver a lecture to the final year English undergraduate students on the subject of "Tragedy in Electronic Literature" -- as part of the faculty's English Tripos lectures, which are normally given by faculty..

In advance of the lecture, Clare Hooper and I chaired a related panel at the 2007 annual Hypertext Conference. Panelists were Nick Lowe (Classics), Kieron O'Hara (Philosophy), Dave Millard (Computer Science), and Emily Short (Writer and Classicist).

My lecture at Cambridge, which also included live demos:

  • Introduced Electronic Literature
  • Compared the development of literary technique in 5th century Athens to the early development of electronic literature
  • Examined attempts by writers and academics to appropriate "Tragedy" into electronic literature
  • Considered examples of what might be Tragedy in Electronic Literature

While listening to my talk, students could also browse a single-purpose WIFI network with additional notes and resources.

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