La littérature et la textualité à l’ère électronique / Literature and digital media

Université Paris 8 Vincennes à Saint-Denis

EA 1569 Transferts critiques et Dynamique des savoirs

CRLC & Le Texte étranger

Intergroupe de recherche sur la textualité et l’écriture à l’âge numérique

Saturday June 27, 2009

Université Paris 8

Room : D143.

Contact : Yves Abrioux

The Centre de Recherche sur la Littérature et la Cognition and Texte
étranger (EA 1569 Transferts critiques et Dynamique des savoirs [domaine
anglophone]), in conjunction with the inter-university research group
Textualité et écriture à l’âge numérique, are pleased to announce the
organization of a one-day seminar on literature and digital media to be
held at the University of Paris 8 on Saturday June 27. This seminar
follows on from the one held last February, also at Paris 8.

9.30-9.45

Introduction : Yves Abrioux (Université Pars 8).

9.45-11.00

Steve Tomasula (Notre Dame University)

The American novelist Steve Tomasula is currently completing a new work,
TOC, and will talk about its making. Starting from a discussion of his
earlier works Book of Portraiture and VAS as word-image book objects, he
will discuss TOC as an extension of the book that takes advantage of a
digital medium.

While he is in Paris, Steve Tomasula be invited to present his work at
the Observatoire de la Littérature Américaine (ODELA, University of
Paris 7) on Monday, June 29. He will also be giving two readings : on
Thursday, June 25 at 7 p.m. at the Shakespeare and Co bookshop (St
Michel, Notre Dame) ; on Monday, June 29 at 7.30 p.m. at the Red
Wheelbarrow bookshop (St Paul, le Marais).

His talk will be introduced by Anne-Laure Tissut (Université Paris 4).

11.00-12.00

Translating and republishing electronic literature : a round-table
discussion chaired by Emmanuel Cyriaque (Éditions Hyx, Orléans).

12.00-14.00

Lunch.

If you wish to join the speakers for lunch at a Chinese restaurant
nearby, please e-mail yabrioux@aol.com .

14.00-15.00

Maria Engberg (Blekinge Institute of Technology)

Forms and Figurations in New Media Writing. In her current research
Maria Engberg is investigating the impact of digital media on narrative
fiction. In digital works as well as in works in print, the changing
situation for writing is making itself known through the possibilities
that digital technologies offer for creation, publication, and
presentation. While the consequences of these paradigmatic shifts in our
culture may not yet be fully comprehensible, there are literary forms
that through their artifice and content comment and reflect on the
changing situation. Digital literature, i.e. literature created and
published with and through digital computer technology, has emerged in
the last decades, and consequently research, too, about the literary
forms that these technologies can emphasize or rejuvenate. Likewise,
printed works are showing signs of “digital” manipulation or creation.
Primarily, these effects are visible in visual ornamentation and layout
of the printed text and the inclusion of photographs, drawings, and
other visual material. Maria Engberg studies a range of literary genres
for these “effects” of the digital, investigating how new and existing
forms shape the way that narratives are created and experienced. In her
presentation, she will discuss digital works by John Cayley and
Stephanie Strickland as examples of how reading and writing change in
the age of digital media.

Maria Engberg’s talk will be introduced by Yves Abrioux (Université
Paris 8).

15.00-16.00

Critical theory and practice and/in digital media : a round-table
discussion chaired by Antoine Cazé (Université Paris 7), including a
critical review of the project for an on-line network of short
theoretical texts currently being set up by the research group
Textualité et écriture à l’âge numérique.

To reach Université Paris 8, take metro line 13 to the terminus :
Saint-Denis Université. The university is right opposite the exit.

In the entrance hall, take the door on the right at the far end. Pass
between the two buildings marked “B” and proceed towards building “D”,
which you approach by taking the path between a newly-installed lawn
with trees and a building with a cafeteria on the ground floor. Room
D143 is up one flight of stairs.