Faculty Academy 2012

From Digital Storytelling to Electronic Literature

Presenters: Zach Whalen

Stories are everywhere, and perhaps no interdisciplinary skill is quite as valuable within the liberal arts as the ability to tell the stories that accomplish the goals of our diverse areas of inquiry. Digital Storytelling has recently gained prominence as a compelling paradigm for developing the skills and aptitudes specific to digital technology, but within the literary field, the distinctively and historically emergent field of Electronic Literature (with origins in the 1970s and 80s) may provide valuable critical insight into the forms and genres rallying under the DS banner.

The goal of this presentation is two-fold:
1) to demonstrate and showcase key examples from the recent proliferation of narrative authoring software (e.g. Inform 7, Undum, HypeDyn, Twine, etc.) and reflect on the cultural significance of platform authorship (as opposed to storytelling itself) and
2) to juxtapose the nascent ds106 phenomenon with the long, gradual emergence of electronic literature as a community, genre, and academic discipline

Whatever label it bears, digitally-born textual media is witnessing a period of massive growth, and if nothing else, the lessons of Electronic Literature’s past may provide useful perspectives for the present and future of Digital Storytelling.

Author: Martha Burtis

Special Projects Coordinator

Comments are closed.