[csaa-forum] CCCS Seminar Prof Thom Swiss - 9th August

Melissa Gregg m.gregg at uq.edu.au
Tue Jul 19 11:15:54 CST 2005



Professor Thomas Swiss

University of Iowa - USA


New Media Literature and Art: A Writer's Perspective


Date:                       Tuesday 9th August 2005

Place:                      Social Sciences and Humanities Library
Conference Room

                                Duhig Building, Building No. 2

University of Queensland, St
> Lucia Campus

Time:                      2.00pm-3.30pm


Members of the university community and the general public are invited to
attend this free seminar with refreshments to follow.


Please scroll down for further information or visit the website at
<http://www.cccs.uq.edu.au/index.html?page=28498&pid=16094> &pid=16094



The aims of this seminar/presentation are to discuss the possibilities for
literature offered by the electronic convergence of words, images, and
sound, with an initial focus on the work of the presenter; explore the
changing contexts in which literature is produced and consumed as a result
of new media environments; and showcase a series of visually interesting,
aurally charged, and dynamic examples of this kind of writing.

In taking up these topics through employing new media works as my tutor
texts, I will consider some of the ways in which new media literature
reconfigures the field of literature and literary practices.

The seminar begins from the assumption that "New Media Literature" like
"Literature" is a conversation-among writers and professional critics,
writers and other writers, writers and programmers, sound artists, and
graphic designers, writers and their non-professional readers, writers and
publishers, publishers and their investors, grant-giving agencies,
universities, even governments. 

This conversation is dispersed throughout many textual and institutional
sites, not simply in texts already recognizable as literature.  I will
foreground the "social form" of literature as a genre, with special emphasis
on new media literature as it makes a place for itself among writers,
readers, and scholars. The social form of new media literature includes,
among other overlapping elements, its relationship to literature's
historical practices and meanings; the interpretations it invites from its
readers; its uneasy fit in institutions like the university and museums; and
its evolving material presentations



Thom Swiss <http://thomasswiss.com>  is Professor of English and Rhetoric of
Inquiry at the University of Iowa
<http://www.english.uiowa.edu/faculty/swiss/> , the editor of The Iowa
Review  <http://www.uiowa.edu/%7Eiareview/mainpages/tirwebhome.htm> Web, a
journal for digital and experimental writing and art, and President of the
Electronic  <http://www.eliterature.org/index.php> Literature Organization.
His recent writing and teaching focus on the interplay of digital texts, the
institutions that support and promote them, and the emerging audiences that
respond to them. His books include Unspun (NYU Press), an edited volume that
explores concepts that help shape our understanding of the World Wide Web
and its wide-ranging influence on contemporary culture, Magic, Metaphor and
Power: Cultural Theory and the World Wide Web (Routledge) and Mapping the
Beat: Popular Music and Contemporary Theory (Blackwell).  With Dee Morris,
he is currently co-editing a book for the MIT Press titled New Media Poetics
(2005).  His collaborative New Media poems appear on-line in such journals
as Postmodern Culture and electronic book
<http://www.electronicbookreview.com/v3/> review, as well as in museum
exhibits and art shows
<http://bailiwick.lib.uiowa.edu/swiss/exhibitions.htm> . His books of poetry
include Rough  <http://www.press.uillinois.edu/f97/swiss.html> Cut (U.of
Illinois), Measure (U. Alabama).


For further information, please contact:

Ms Rebecca Ralph, Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies

Ph. (07) 3346 9764   Fax (07) 3365 7184

Email: admin.cccs at uq.edu.au


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