Scott Rettberg

Scott Rettberg is a professor of Digital Culture at the University of Bergen, Norway. Prior to moving to Norway in 2006, Rettberg directed the new media studies track of the literature program at Richard Stockton College in New Jersey. Rettberg is the author or coauthor of novel-length works of electronic literature including The Unknown, Kind of Blue, and Implementation. His work has been exhibited both online and at art venues, including the Beall Center in Irvine California, the Slought Foundation in Philadelpia, and The Krannert Art Museum. Rettberg is the cofounder and served as the first executive director of the nonprofit Electronic Literature Organization, where he directed major projects funded by the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. Rettberg is the project leader of the HERA-Funded ELMCIP research project, the director of the ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base:, and the leader of the Electronic Literature Research Group.

Essays by this author

A Digital Publishing Model for Publication by Writers (for Writers)


How might literary databases be seen as alternatives to the commodification of academic scholarship in for profit, subscriber platforms?  Scott Rettberg and Joseph Tabbi discuss issues related to instrumentality, the global marketplace, and the digital humanities.

An Emerging Canon? A Preliminary Analysis of All References to Creative Works in Critical Writing Documented in the ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base


Scott Rettberg’s essay, “An Emerging Canon?”, highlights the potential for macroanalytic approaches to literary study, specifically in the field of electronic literature. Through his study of the richly populated ELMCIP Knowledge Base, Rettberg analyzes the impact that specific works have had within scholarly and creative communities, and enumerates the potential benefits that this work might have for the preservation, study, and understanding of the field.

The Pleasure (and Pain) of Link Poetics


Entering the cyberdebates, Scott Rettberg moves beyond technique and proposes a more generative approach to hypertext, in which an author’s intention and poetic purpose have a role.

New Media Studies


Scott Rettberg introduces ‘New Media Studies’: a cluster of reviews, and a term (similar in its emergence to the term ‘Postmodernism’).

Evangelizing the Everyday Web


Scott Rettberg appreciates Weinberg’s small pieces more than his ‘unified theory,’ while viewing the Internet not as an economic panacea but a communication medium woven into the fabric of contemporary culture.

First Person, Games, and the Place of Electronic Literature


Scott Rettberg, responding to “The Pixel/The Line” (section 4 of First Person) wonders whether electronic writing isn’t evolving into a subspecies of electronic art, one that uses words as material, ‘just as sculptors use clay.’