2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

Digital LiterARTure: A Case Study
Elsa R. Armentia
Prof. John Bohac , Faculty Mentor

Walter Benjamin's ideas from the 1930s about art and the role of the artist were those of a visionary. Our times, the age of digital reproduction, revolve again around the status of reproductions and copies, the role of the author, the experience of the reader/viewer, auratic works and authors. Art on the internet proposes different alternatives to these questions. Authors of digital literature today write with an acute awareness of the Internet, not just as a tool, but also as a means of production, and as a place for reception and distribution. In my essay, Benjamin's ideas about the role of art and artists are exemplified in a cybertext: W. Jason Nelson's Dreamaphage, a contemporary digital allegory. At the same time, it will deal with Nelson's self awareness as a producer, and the particular way he chooses to present his work in a networked, social space.

Keywords: Allegory, Dreamaphage, Interdisciplinary, Internet, Jason Nelson, Memory, Viral aesthetics, Walter Benjamin


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 34-2
Location: OP 2210
Time: 1:30

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