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WRT: Writer Response Theory at WRT: Writer Response Theory



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WRT is a blogging collective dedicated to the discussion and exploration of digital character art — any art involving electrons and making use of letters, alphanumerics, or other characters in an interesting way. Our primary focus is on active and interactive works, in which users input text and receive textual responses as output. Our URL (Writer Response Theory) is a play on Reader Response Theory and therefore shifts the investigative focus to a reader/writer whose textual input will change the works they encounter. We see ourselves as writers or creators responding to theory; as writers creating theory, a theory which is also a response to writers.

Some objects of study include ASCII art, blog fiction, chatbots, email fiction, e-poetry, hypertext fiction, and interactive fiction (IF). What are the methods of design, the modes of usage, and the relationships between scriptons and textons in these art forms?

WRT is an open site. Everyone who reads this blog is a member and may suggest a thread or a link. As long as it pertains to digital letter/character art we will post and pursue it. WRT is a research and discussion collective not an announcement site.

What does W.R.T. stand for?

W.R.T.
Writer Response Theory
We Realize Text
Web-Ridden Texts
With Respect To
Wrong Right Theory
Wide Robed Techies
We Rotten Tomatoes
and perhaps just WriTing

Definition extrapolation:

‘It is useful to distinguish between strings as they appear to readers and strings as they exist in the text, since these may not always be the same. For want of better terms, I call the former scriptons and the latter textons.’

Aarseth, E. (1997). Cybertext: Perspectives on Ergodic Literature. Maryland, The Johns Hopkins University Press, p.62.




6 Responses to “WRT: Writer Response Theory”

  1. 1 Jillie

    Hello
    Is ‘fictocriticism’ (the same as) WRITER RESPONSE THEORY?

  2. 2 Jeremy Douglass

    This provoked some debate and discussion - in brief - no, but there are some strong (and interesting) similarities.

    For our full response, check out the new post WRT and Fictocriticism.

  3. 3 M.D. Coverley

    Dear all -
    I am posting this on the main page so that everyone gets a chance to see it. Kate Hayles has just published (with Notre Dame Press) a great book on Electronic Literature - and it includes a CD - ROM with the entire Electronic Literature Collection #1 included. It’s a valuable book - and one that I think a lot of folks have been waiting for -

    best - Marjorie Coverley Luesebrink // aka M.D. Coverley

    New Horizons For The Literary by N. Katherine Hayles. Notre Dame Press. 2008.

    here’s the full info:
    Readers of electronic literature are welcoming a new book by N. Katherine Hayles, Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary. This publication, from Notre Dame Press, brings together, for the first time, a comprehensive guide to digital narrative and poetry, studies of key works, a CD with a wide range of examples, and a companion website that features discussion and new essays.
    A visible presence for some two decades, electronic literature has already produced many works that deserve the rigorous scrutiny critics have long practiced with print literature. Only now, however, with Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary by N. Katherine Hayles, do we have a systematic survey of the field and an analysis of its importance, breadth, and wide-ranging implications for literary study.
    Hayles’s book is designed to help electronic literature move into the classroom. Her systematic survey of the field addresses its major genres, the challenges it poses to traditional literary theory, and the complex and compelling issues at stake. She develops a theoretical framework for understanding how electronic literature both draws on the print tradition and requires new reading and interpretive strategies. Grounding her approach in the evolutionary dynamic between humans and technology, Hayles argues that neither the body nor the machine should be given absolute theoretical priority. Rather, she focuses on the interconnections between embodied writers and users and the intelligent machines that perform electronic texts.
    Through close readings of important works, Hayles demonstrates that a new mode of narration is emerging that differs significantly from previous models. Key to her argument is the observation that almost all contemporary literature has its genesis as electronic files, so that print becomes a specific mode for electronic text rather than an entirely different medium. Hayles illustrates the implications of this condition with three contemporary novels that bear the mark of the digital.
    Included with the book is a CD, The Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 1, containing sixty new and recent works of electronic literature with keyword index, authors’ notes, and editorial headnotes. Representing multiple modalities of electronic writing–hypertext fiction, kinetic poetry, generative and combinatory forms, network writing, codework, 3D, narrative animations, installation pieces, and Flash poetry–the ELC 1 encompasses comparatively low-tech work alongside heavily coded pieces. Complementing the text and the CD-ROM is this website offering resources for teachers and students, including sample syllabi, original essays, author biographies, and useful links. Together, the three elements provide an exceptional pedagogical opportunity.
    Electronic Literature: New Horizons For The Literary can be ordered from Notre Dame Press and Amazon.com.

  4. 4 Kamilow

    Her systematic survey of the field addresses its major genres, the challenges it poses to traditional literary theory, and the complex and compelling issues at stake. She develops a theoretical framework for understanding how electronic literature both draws on the print tradition and requires new reading and interpretive strategies. Grounding her approach in the evolutionary dynamic between humans and technology, Hayles argues that neither the body nor the machine should be given absolute theoretical priority. Rather, she focuses on the interconnections between embodied writers and users and the intelligent machines that perform electronic texts.
    Through close readings of important works, Hayles demonstrates that a new mode of narration is emerging that differs significantly from previous models. Key to her argument is the observation that almost all contemporary literature has its genesis as electronic files, so that print becomes a specific mode for electronic text rather than an entirely different medium. Hayles illustrates the implications of this condition with three contemporary novels that bear the mark of the digital.Thanks you
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  5. 5 sikiƟ filmi

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