Brian Kim Stefans proposes the need for a resistance to the “free play” associated with electronic writing, and discusses how this resistance will elevate electronic literature for both the author and the reader. He argues that poetic discharge is comparable with excess and bodily disgust, citing Sianne Ngai, and Steve McCaffery’s “North of Intention.” Stefans argues that avant-garde excess must be based on a balanced reflection on authorial presences. He draws his argument from his work on The Scriptor Project, which was inspired by his desire to bring “digital textuality back to the drama of the hand making marks on the page - literally dramatizing the act of writing by hand, the plays of body and mind that are erased in standard typography.”
Author: Brian Kim Stefans
Brian Kim Stefans
Brian Kim Stefans is the author of three books of poetry, including Free Space Comix (Roof, 1998). His most recent book is Fashionable Noise: On Digital Poetics, a collection of poetic essays. A new essay will appear in New Media Poetics: Histories, Institutions, and Audiences, published by MIT Press in 2004. He edits the website Arras, devoted to new media poetry.