Research Output

Along with archival and preservation work, researchers in the Electronic Literature Lab publish books and articles, give talks and presentations, write grants, and curate exhibitions focusing on born digital media. Below is the research output by members of the ELL Team.

Books

2022

Forthcoming

Grigar, Dene and Mariusz Pisarski. The Challenges of Born-Digital Fiction: Editions, Translations, and Emulations. Cambridge University Press. Digital Literary Studies Element Series. Edited by Gabriel Hankins, Adam Hammond, and Katherine Bode. Cambridge, UK. 

2021

Zoller, Kathleen, Aidan Walker, Dene Grigar, Holly Slocum, and Greg Philbrook, with essays by Mariusz Pisarski, Dene Grigar, Aidan Martin and Astrid Ensslin. Rebooting Electronic Literature: Documenting Pre-Web Born Digital Media, Volume 4. August 2021. 

Grigar, Dene and James O’Sullivan. Electronic Literature as Digital Humanities: Contexts, Forms, and Practices. NY, NY: Bloomsbury Press.

2020

Grigar, Dene, Nicholas Schiller, Holly Slocum, Kathleen Zoller, Mariah Gwin, and Moneca Roath. Rebooting Electronic Literature Volume 3. August 2020. DOI: https://10.7273/8mwy-j433.

2019

Grigar, Dene, Nicholas Schiller, Holly Slocum, Kathleen Zoller, Moneca Roath, Mariah Gwin, and Andrew Nevue. Rebooting Electronic Literature: Documenting Pre-Web Born Digital Media, Volume 2. 2019. DOI: https://doi.org/10.7273/9saz-4462.

Zoller, Kathleen. The Progressive Dinner Party Restored. Nouspace Publications. 4 September 2019. DOI: https://10.7273/5qp5-x218.

2018

Grigar, Dene, Nicholas Schiller, Vanessa Rhodes, Veronica Whitney, Katie Bowen, and Mariah Gwin. Rebooting Electronic Literature: Documenting Pre-Web Born Digital Media, Volume 1. 2018. DOI: 10.7273/NKQK-H488.

2017

Grigar, Dene and Stuart Moulthrop. Traversals: The Use of Preservation for Early Electronic Writing. The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2017. [Shortlisted for the 2018 N. Katherine Hayles Award for Criticism of Electronic Literature].

2015

Grigar, Dene and Stuart Moulthrop. Pathfinders: Documenting the Experience of Early Digital Literature.  Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, 2015. http://scalar.usc.edu/works/pathfinders. DOI: 10.7273/WF0B-TQ14.

 

Media Art Production and Media Art Preservation Projects

2021

Grigar, Dene. “The 24-Hr.Micro-Elit Project.”24 works of micro-fiction published on Twitter each hour on August21,2009. Archival site: http://www.nouspace.net/dene/24hr/24-Hr._Micro-Elit_Project/Home.html. Exhibited at ELO 2010, Brown University. Forthcoming in Electronic Literature Collection Volume 4, December 2021.

Zoller, Kathleen, Holly Slocum, Dene Grigar, Greg Philbrook et al. ELO’s The NEXT. Virtual Museum/Library/Preservation Site of over 2500 works of electronic literature created by the lab and 39 students in the Creative Media & Digital Culture program at Washington State University Vancouver and now maintained by the lab for the Electronic Literature Organization. Launched May 24, 2021.

Hanrahan, Betsy, Kathleen Zoller, Holly Slocum, Greg Philbrook, Sarah West, Dave Saborwski. Figurski at Findhorn on Acid V. 7.0, by Richard Holeton. The reconstruction of V.3.3 of this hypertext novel from the original Storyspace software into HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. Released July 2021.

Thompson, Andrew, Arlo Ptolemy, and Dene Grigar. Flash preservation of electronic literature works held in the ELO’s The NEXT. 

2020

Zoller, Kathleen, Holly Slocum, and Greg Philbrook. The World Is Not Done Yet V 2.0, by Annie Grosshans. The reconstruction of this hypertext essay from the original Adobe Muse software into HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. The work was selected to be included in the Electronic Literature Collection Volume 4.

2019

Slocum, Holly. “Kanju-Kus,” by Deena Larsen. The reconstruction of 19 poems from coding that involved iFrames and Java Applets into HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript.

 

Articles

2021

Grigar, Dene. “A Sucker in Spades & Transitional Media.” Rebooting Electronic Literature Volume 4. DOI: 10.7273/kd8y-nz37

Grigar, Dene. “Introduction.” Electronic Literature as Digital Humanities: Contexts, Forms, and Practices. NY, NY: Bloomsbury Press. Republished in Electronic Book Review, 10 January. http://electronicbookreview.com/essay/electronic-literature-as-digital-humanities-an-introduction/.

Grigar, Dene. “Challenges to Archiving and Documenting Born Digital Literature: What Scholars, Archivists, and Librarians Need to Know.” Electronic Literature as Digital Humanities: Contexts, Forms, and Practices. NY, NY: Bloomsbury Press.

Grigar, Dene. “Kinepoeia in Animated Poetry.” Electronic Literature as Digital Humanities: Contexts, Forms, and  Practices. NY, NY: Bloomsbury Press.

2020

Grigar, Dene. “The Future of Text May Be Preservation.” The Future of Text.  Ed. Frode Hegland. DOI: 10.48197/fot2020a.

2019

Grigar, Dene. “Archiving Electronic Literature: Selection Criteria, Methodology, and Challenges.” Journal of Archival Organization. DOI: 10.1080/15332748.2019.1609310.

Schiller, Nicholas and Dene Grigar. “Born Digital Preservation: A Live Internet Traversal of Sarah Smith’s King of Space.” Digital Scholar (2019) 1: 47. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42803-019-00004-w.

2018

Grigar, Dene and Stuart Moulthrop. “Traversals: A Method of Preservation for Born-Digital Texts.” The Routledge Companion to Media Studies and Digital Humanities. Ed. Jentery Sayers.  NY, NY:  Routledge Press, 2018. 351-361.

2017

Grigar, Dene. “Rhapsodic Textualities.” Digital Media and Textuality: From Creating to Archiving. Ed. Daniela Cortes Maduro. Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript International Academic Publishing, 2017.

Grigar, Dene. “The Legacy of Judy Malloy.” #WomenTechLit.  Ed. Maria Mencia. Computing Literature book series, distributed by West Virginia University Press: Morgantown, WV, 2017. [Honorable Mention, 2017 The N. Katherine Hayles Award for Criticism of Electronic Literature].

House, Ryan. “The Author Interface: Rethinking Authorship through Ludoliterary Analysis of The Stanley Parable and The Beginner’s Guide.” Paxadoxa 29. 2017

2015

—. “Curating Electronic Literature as Critical and Scholarly Practice.”Digital Humanities Quarterly (8.4) 2015.

 

Grants

2021

Pending. $150,000. Co-PI, with Erika Fulop, Lancaster University; and Stella Wisdom, The British Museum. “The NEXT Lancaster: Piloting Shared Born-Digital Archives between the US and the UK.” National Endowment for the Humanities-AHRC New Directions for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions. ORSO-141343-001.

2020

Denied. American Council of Learned Societies. “Extending Metadata of Interactive Media for Better Precision and Accessibility.” GRANT#140157-001. $149,495. Dene Grigar, Lead PI; Matthew Hannah and Jarah Moesch.

Denied. National Endowment for the Humanities Collections and Reference Resources. “Afterflash: Preserving Flash & Shockwave Literature Published in Web-Based Journals, Anthologies, & Showcases, 1996-2016.” GRANT13164714. $348,661. Dene Grigar, PI.

2019

Funded. Nevue, Andrew, Holly Slocum, Mariah Gwin, Kathleen Zoller, and Moneca Roath. “Undergraduate Travel Grant.” To present research at the Modern Language Organization 2020 conference in Seattle, WA. $1500.

Funded. Zoller, Kathleen. “Re-Publishing The Progressive Dinner Party. WSUV Summer Mini-Grant. $2000.

2018

Funded. Grigar, Dene, Abby Adams, Leonardo Flores, and Nicholas Schiller. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. “A Comprehensive Online Portal for Electronic Literature Works: Migrating the Electronic Literature Archives to Samvera” (COPE). OGRD-133308-001. $41,816.

Funded. Schiller, Nicholas. Washington Digital Heritage (WDH) grant from the Washington State Library. “Metadata Schema for Born-Digital Works of Literature and Other Early Software”. $7000.

2015

Funded. Moulthrop, Stuart and Dene Grigar. 2013. The National Endowment for the Humanities Start Up Grant. “Pathfinders: Documenting the Experience of Early Digital Literature.” OGRD-121827001. $52,003.

 

Awards

2021

Zoller, Kathleen, Katya Farinsky, Barysh Agaliyev, and Joel Clapp. 2nd Place Research Showcase. “Creating The NEXT.”

2019

Slocum, Holly, Mariah Gwin, Kathleen Zoller, Andrew Nevue, and Moneca Roath. 1st Place. 2019 Research Showcase. “Reconstituting Electronic Literature.”

Grigar, Dene, Nicholas Schiller, et al. Open Scholarship Award. Honourable Mention. Canadian Social Knowledge Institute. Rebooting Electronic Literature, Volume 1.

2018

Moulthrop, Stuart and Dene Grigar. Shortlisted. The 2018 N. Katherine Hayles Award for Criticism of Electronic Literature. Traversals: The Use of Preservation for Early Electronic Writing.

Rhodes, Vanessa, Veronica Whitney, Mariah Gwin, and Katie Bowen. 2nd Place. 2018 Student Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA). “Rebooting Electronic Literature: The Challenges of Creating an Open-Source Multimedia Tool for Data Collection and Dissemination.”

—. 1st Place. 2018 Research Showcase. “Rebooting Electronic Literature: The Challenges of Creating an Open-Source Multimedia Tool for Data Collection and Dissemination.”

Grigar, Dene and Stuart Moulthrop. Honourable Mention, 2018 Open Scholarship Award, Canadian Social Knowledge Institute. Pathfinders: Documenting the Experience of Early Digital Literature.

 

Keynotes & Invited Talks

2021

Grigar, Dene. Keynote. “Preserving Flash Works: Methods & Considerations.” Trans[Creation] 2021. McGill University and UQAM. Montreal, CAN. June 10, 2021.

Grigar, Dene. Keynote. “The NEXT: Building a Virtual Repository of Born-Digital Literary Works.” Science Data Center for Literature. Stuttgart, Germany. May 21, 2021.

2019

Grigar, Dene. Invited Speaker. “Curating Electronic Literature/Tear Down the Wall Exhibition.” 2019 ACM Hypertext Conference. Hof University. Hof, Germany. September 19, 2019. 

Grigar, Dene. Invited Speaker. “A Traversal of Mark Bernstein’s Those Trojan Women. Hof University. Hof, Germany. March 20, 2019. 

Grigar, Dene. Invited Speaker. “Notes Toward Absolute Zero: A Hypertext Traversal. University of Victoria, Digital Scholarship Commons. March 1, 2019.

2018

Grigar, Dene. Invited Speaker. “Preserving a Cultural Legacy of Born Digital Literature.” The 2018 International Conference on Arabic Electronic Literature: New Horizons and Global Perspectives. RIT-Dubai Campus. February 2018.

2017

—. Invited Speaker. Beyond GRAMMATRON: 20 Years into the Future. British Computer Society. London, UK. September 2017.

—. Invited Talk. “Electronic Literature and the Art of Preservation.” Kingston University. London, UK; February 2017.

2016

—. Invited Talk. “Beyond Curating Media Art.” School of Interactive Art, Simon Fraser University. Vancouver, B.C.; December 2016.

—. Keynote. “Rhapsodic Textualities in Shelley Jackson’s Patchwork Girl.” The International Conference on Digital Media and Textuality. University of Bremen. Bremen, Germany; November 2016.

—. Keynote. “Preserving Visceral Media.” International Digital Media Arts Association 2016 Conference. Winona, MN; October 2016.

—. Invited Speaker. “No Legacy \\ Literatura electrónica.” University of California Berkeley. March 11, 2016.

2015

—. Invited Speaker. “Six Versions and Counting: How Digital Archival Research Changed Our Understanding of Judy Malloy’s Uncle Roger and Electronic Literary History.” University of Victoria. Victoria, B.C.; November 2015.

—. Invited Speaker. “The Sappho Syndrome:  Concerns in Preserving Works of Born-Digital Media.” Winona State University. Winona, MN; September 14, 2015.

—. Invited Speaker. “Paths to PAD: Preserving the Legacy of Early Digital Literature.” The Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, University of Victoria. Victoria, B.C.; January 2015.

2014

—. Invited Speaker. “Curating and Preserving Electronic Literature.” University of Coimbra. Coimbra, Portugal; November 2014.

—. Invited Speaker. “Curation as a Mode of Inquiry.” Simon Fraser University.Vancouver, BC; April 2014.

 

Conference Presentations

2021

Grigar, Dene. “Metadata as Storyteller: The Narrative Systems and Interactive Digital Narrative Research Community.” ACM Hypertext ’21; Dublin, Ireland. August 2021.

Grigar, Dene, Nancy Perloff, Lara Bourdin, Marcela Vieira,  Livia Benedetti, Alexandra L Martin and Gina Cortopassi. “Curators’ Roundtable.” Trans[Creation] 2021. June 2021. Virtual.

Grigar, Dene, Astrid Ensslin, Mariusz Pisarski, and Kathyn Cramer. “On the Effects of Living Backwards.” Electronic Literature Organization 2021 Conference. May 2021. Virtual.

Schiller, Nicholas. “Comparing Methods of Generating 3.5-Inch Floppy Disk Forensic Images.” Electronic Literature Organization 2021 Conference. May 2021. Virtual. 

Zoller, Kathleen, Katya Farinsky, Barysh Agaliyev, and Joel Clapp. “A Tour of The NEXT.” Electronic Literature Organization 2021 Conference. May 2021. Virtual.

 Grigar, Dene. “Persisting in Preserving Literature.” The 2021 Modern Language Association Conference. January 2021; Virtual.

2020

Grigar, Dene and Holly Slocum. “Expanding Metadata for Better Accessibility: Lab Tour for 5th Workshop on Visualization for the Digital Humanities.” 5th Workshop on Visualization for the Digital Humanities. October 2020.

Grigar, Dene. “Migration and Its Effect on Michael Joyce’s afternoon, a story.” 2020 Electronic Literature Organization Conference. Online. July 2020.

Grigar, Dene and Michael Joyce. “An Afternoon with afternoon.”  2020 Electronic Literature Organization Conference. Online. July 2020.

Grigar, Dene, Holly Slocum, and Kathleen Zoller. “Working with Undergraduate Researchers in a DH Lab.” Project Management in the Humanities conference. University of Victoria. 6 June 2020.

Grigar, Dene, Anastasia Salter, Leonardo Flores, et al. “Making, Preserving, and Curating Born-Digital Literature.” 2020 Modern Language Association Conference. January 2020; Seattle, WA.

2019

Grigar. Dene. “Kinepoeia in Animated Poetry.” International Association for University Professors of English. July 2019; Poznan, Poland.

Grigar, Dene, Leonardo Flores, and Nicholas Schiller. “Coping with Bits, Part 2.” Electronic Literature Organization Conference & Media Art Festival. July 2019; Cork, Ireland.

Grigar, Dene, Michael J. Maguire, Stuart Moulthrop, Greg Philbrook, and John Barber. “Sustaining Digital Vitalism: A Live Stream Traversal of Michael J. Maguire’s Work.” Electronic Literature Organization Conference & Media Art Festival. July 2019; Cork, Ireland.

Grigar, Dene. “Born Digital Literature: History, Theory, and Practice.” The 2019 Modern Language Association Conference. January 2019; Chicago, IL.

2018

Grigar, Dene, Chance Adams, Leonardo Flores, and Nicholas Schiller. “Coping with Bits: Developing a Comprehensive Online Portal for Electronic Literature Works.” Electronic Literature Organization Conference & Media Art Festival. August 2018; Montreal, Canada.

Grigar, Dene and Astrid Ensslin. “Rethinking the Canon of Pre-Web Hypertext Literature: A Call to Action about Preserving Our Early E-Lit Cultural Heritage.” Electronic Literature Organization Conference & Media Art Festival. August 2018; Montreal, Canada.

Schiller, Nicholas, Dene Grigar, Vanessa Rhodes, Veronica Whitney, Katie Bowen, and Mariah Gwin. “Born Digital Preservation: A Live Internet Traversal of Sarah Smith’s King of Space.” Implementing New Knowledge Environments. January 2018; Victoria, B.C.

2017

Grigar, Dene. “Exposé! The Global Practice of Curating E-Lit Exhibits.” Electronic Literature Organization Conference & Media Art Festival. July 2017; Porto, Portugal.

—. “The Sappho Syndrome: Concerns in Preserving Works of Born-Digital Media.” Electronic Literature Organization Conference & Media Art Festival. July 2017; Porto, Portugal.

2016

—. “Best Practices for Archiving Electronic Literature.” The 2016 Electronic Literature Organization Conference & Media Arts Festival. June 2016; Victoria, B.C.

Schiller, Nicholas & Zach Coble. “Digital Preservation Action Session”. Electronic Literature Organization Conference & Media Art Festival; June 2016; Victoria, B.C.

Grigar, Dene. “Challenge of Archiving and Documenting Electronic Literature.” Archival Uncertainties: International Conference on Literary Archives. 4 April 2016; British Library, London, UK.

2015

—. “New Collecting––Curating after New Media Art.” International Symposium of Electronic Art.” August 2015; Vancouver, B.C. “Curating Roundtable.” Electronic Literature Organization. August 2015; Bergen, Norway.

Schiller, Nicholas. “Free Primary Sources: dp.la, european.eu, and the Magic of Metadata Harvesters”. Information Literacy Advocacy Group of Oregon Summit; May 2015; Hood River, Oregon.

 

Curation (related to born digital media)

2021

“afterflash: Celebrating Flash & Shockwave Literature Published in Web-Based Journals, Anthologies, & Showcases, 1996-2016.” 24 May-1 August 2021. The NEXT. https://the-next.eliterature.org/exhibition/afterflash/

2020

“An Afternoon with afternoon: 30th Anniversary Celebration of Michael Joyce’s afternoon, a story.” ACM Hypertext ’20 and Electronic Literature Organization 2020. Online. https://dtc-wsuv.org/afternoon-with-afternoon/index.html.

2019

“Tear Down the Wall: Hypertext & Participatory Narratives.” The 2019 ACM Hypertext and Social Media Conference. Hof University; Hof, Germany. http://dtc-wsuv.org/tear-down-the-wall/index.html.

2017

Grigar, Dene. “Beyond Grammatron: Twenty Years into the Future.” The British Computer Society. 14-15 September 2017; London, England. http://beyond-grammatron.com.

2016

—. “You/I: Interfaces & Reader Experiences.” Paul Watkins Art Gallery. September 22-October 14, 2016. http://dtc-wsuv.org/elit/you/i/index.html.

—. “An Exhibit of Historical Archives of Electronic Literature.” June 6-17, 2016. McPherson Library, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Victoria, Victoria, B. C. http://dtc-wsuv.org/wp/ell/2016/05/27/an-exhibit-of-historical-archives-of-electronic-literature/.

2015

—. “New Text.” International Symposium on Electronic Art 2015. August 2015. Vancouver, B.C. Catalog: Art and Disruption, edited by Kate Armstrong. Brighton, UK: ISEA International, 2015. 154-169. Catalog PDF: http://isea2015.org/proceeding/submissions/ISEA2015_catalogue.pdf. Archival site: http://dtc-wsuv.org/elit/new-text/.

Grigar, Dene and Kate Palermini. “Game Changers: Video Games as Innovation.” Nouspace Gallery. March 6-28, 2015. http://dtc-wsuv.org/gamechangers/.

2014

Grigar, Dene. “Moving Words: Kinetic Poetry and Prose, 1984-2014.” Illuminations, the gallery for the School of English, Media, and Theatre Studies at the National University of Ireland. Maynooth,Ireland; March 2014. Archival site: http://dtc-wsuv.org/elit/moving-words/. Illuminations’ archival site: http://illuminationsgallery.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/moving-words/.

Grigar, Dene and Stuart Moulthrop. “Pathfinders: 25 Years of Experimental Literary Art.” The 2014 Modern Language Association Conference. Chicago, IL; January 2014. http://dtc-wsuv.org/wp/pathfinders/exhibit.

2013

Grigar, Dene and Brenda Grell. “Exploring the Electronic Literary Landscape of the Pacific Northwest.” The 2013 Digital Humanities Summer Institute.  Victoria, Canada; June 6, 2013. http://dtc-wsuv.org/elit/elit-dhsi.

Grigar, Dene and Kathi Inman Berens. “Electronic Literature & Its Emerging Forms.” The Electronic Literature Showcase. The Library of Congress. Washington, D.C.; April 3-5, 2013. Archival site: http://dtc-wsuv.org/elit/elit-loc. The Library of Congress’s archival site: http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/elit-showcase.html.

Grigar, Dene and Kathi Inman Berens. “Avenues of Access.” The 2013 Modern Language Association Conference. Boston, MA; January 2013. http://dtc-wsuv.org/elit/mla2013.

2012

Grigar, Dene. “Electrifying Literature.” The 2012 Electronic Literature Organization 2012 Conference. Morgantown,WV; June 2012. http://dtc-wsuv.org/elit/elo2012/elo2012/Welcome.html.

Grigar, Dene, Kathi Inman Berens, and Lori Emerson. “Electronic Literature.” The 2012 Modern Language Association Conference. Seattle, WA; January 2012. http://dtc-wsuv.org/mla2012.

2009

Grigar, Dene. “mediartZ: Art as Experiential, Art as Participatory, Art as Electronic.” North Bank Artists Gallery, October 2-31, 2009. Vancouver, WA. http://www.nouspace.net/mediartZ/mediartZ/Welcome.html.

2008

Grigar, Dene. “Visionary Landscapes: The Electronic Literature Organization Media Art Show.”  North Bank Artists Gallery, Clark College, and Washington State University Vancouver. May29-June1, 2008.  Vancouver, WA. http://dtc-wsuv.org/elit/elo08/.