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Seminário Transversal, por Sandy Baldwin

06/03/2013

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Sandy Baldwin lecionará um seminário transversal, intitulado «Between Two Writings: The Materiality and Entropy of Digital Inscription, and the Philosophical Condition of Electronic Literature», no próximo dia 15 de março de 2013, pelas 14h00, na Sala de Informática (3º piso, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Coimbra). As inscrições para a sessão serão limitadas, podendo os interessados inscrever-se pelo correio eletrónico do programa em Materialidades da Literatura: materialidades.da.literatura@gmail.com

Resumo do Seminário:

No theory exists to analyze literary texts and signs on the computer and the network. Don’t get me wrong: there are admirable descriptive formalisms and historical genealogies of electronic literature. All these function as criticism should, but do not explain how digital inscriptions become or exist as literary. At stake is whether we can delimit a domain of digital literature separate from the totality of literature – literally, written texts – on the networked computer. The problem is that existing criticism begins from the presumption that “there is” electronic literature and proceeds to describe the various works in existence (for example, in Electronic Literature, Hayles explicitly refuses to theorize the subject of her book). The results are productive for maintaining distributions of texts and readings in a field of literary and non-literary inscriptions. My project refuses the given-ness of these forms and histories. I ask: why is there electronic literature at all? What must digital inscription be and what must literature be for there to be digital literature? For the first time, electronic literature is posed as a philosophical question: what necessitates the literariness of digital inscriptions? We, digital writers, are lovers. Love of literature is the procedure that discovers rhetoricity and the other’s body in digital inscription. All love is risky, all digital literature is nonsense. It is the risk of the necrotic, entropic body that requires us to love electronic literature. Love of literature as a condition of our survival. Cartaz do Seminário [PDF].

Sandy Baldwin é Professor Associado do Departamento de Inglês da West Virginia University, onde dirige o Centro para a Computação Literária (fundado em 1991). É membro da direção da Electronic Literature Organization, editor executivo da revista  electronic book review (fundada em 1996) e coordenador da coleção ‘computing literature book series’, publicada pela West Virginia University Press. Coorganizou, com Philippe Bootz, a obra Regards Croisés: Perspectives on Digital Literature (Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University Press, 2010). Tem artigos publicados nas revistas Culture Machine, Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science and Technology, EBR Electronic Book Review, entre outras. Os seus interesses incluem literatura e tecnologias dos média, escrita experimental, literatura norte-americana do século XX e teoria crítica. Sandy Baldwin é membro fundador dos grupos de poesia e performance Purkinge e Nine Way Mind, e tem obras publicadas em formato livro, na internet e em CD-ROM. Tem realizado performances nos EUA e na Europa, em colóquios, séries de leitura pública, programas de rádio e concertos rock. A visita de Sandy Baldwin à Universidade de Coimbra é apoiada pelo CLP-Centro de Literatura Portuguesa.

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