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An Emerging Canon? Mapping a Field through Database Visualization

The Center for Digital Scholarship and the Brown University Library present An Emerging Canon? Mapping a Field through Database Visualization, a talk hosted by Professor Scott Rettberg of the University of Bergen, Norway. This event will be hosted in the Rock Conference Room at the Rockefeller Library in Providence on Thursday, May 1 at noon.

The Electronic Literature Knowledge Base is a cross-referenced, scholarly database containing entries about creative works of and critical writing on electronic literature, as well as information about authors, events, exhibitions, publishers, teaching resources and databases in the field. It was established in 2010 by the University of Bergen Electronic Literature Research Group, as an aspect of the seven-nation project Electronic Literature as a Model for Creativity and Innovation (ELMCIP ). This presentation will show how the Knowledge Base has been developed as a scholarly resource and how gathering humanities data about a creative field of practice allows us to see new connections and patterns through distant reading strategies, visualizations and network analysis. Through an analysis of all critical references to creative works in critical writing documented in the Knowledge Base, and visualizations, we are able to consider and contest the possiblity of an emerging canon based on more objective measures of citation analysis than previously possible.

Scott Rettberg is Professor of Digital Culture in the department of Linguistic, Literary, and Aesthetic studies at the University of Bergen, Norway. Rettberg is the project leader of ELMCIP (Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice, a HERA-funded collaborative research project, and the founder of the Electronic Literature Organization. Rettberg is the author or coauthor of novel-length works of electronic literature, combinatory poetry, and films including The Unknown, Kind of Blue, Implementation, Frequency, Three Rails Live, Toxicity and others. His creative work has been exhibited online and at art venues including the Chemical Heritage Foundation Museum, Palazzo dell Arti Napoli, Beall Center, the Slought Foundation, The Krannert Art Museum, and elsewhere.


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