Postcinematic Writing


Adrian Miles (09/19/1960 — 02/05/2018) was an early theorist, practioner and teacher of cinematic hypertext and networked, “writerly” video. In memory of his innovative research in these fields, ebr presents this short dialogue between Adrian and founding ebr publisher Mark Amerika. The text is republished from META/DATA: A Digital Poetics, by Mark Amerika, with permission from The MIT Press.   


The Role of Imagination in Narrative Indie Games


What binds literature, electronic literature and games is “the shaping and networking of the imagination.” Drawing on the ideas of Damasio, Walton and Sartre, Gordon Calleja looks at the synthesizing role of the imagination in narrative indie games.

Forms of Censorship; Censorship As Form

Beginning as a talk delivered at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine May 17, 2017, now edited and amplified for publication in the electronic book review and the 2018 collection of ebr essays forthcoming from Bloomsbury Press.

Review of Angela Nagle's Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars From 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right


Gregor Baszak parses Nagle’s celebrated, and “overdue” reconsideration of the internet, and social media in particular as a battlefield for politics.

"Bad Disruption"


EBR Associate Editor Lai-Tze FAN responds to Dani Spinosa’s review of llegal Literature: Toward a Disruptive Creativity, by David S. Roh.

"We Write to Each Other"


David Jhave Johnston responds to Theadora Walsh’s review of his book Aesthetic Animism: Digital Poetry’s Ontological Implications.

Information Wants to Be Free, Or Does It?: The Ethics of Datafication


“More is not necessarily more. Faster is not necessarily better. Big data is not necessarily better.” In the effort to capture and make available data about people, digital humanities scholars must now weigh the decisions of what and what not to share. Geoffrey Rockwell and Bettina Berendt address the new ethical issues around “datafication” in an age of surveillance.

Text Generation, or Calling Literature into Question


Reflecting on the genealogy and histories of “transgressive textualities” and text generators, Aquilina offers readings of texts by Swift, Dahl, Orwell, and Borges to consider the terms and issues involved in situating text generators as transgressive.

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.

Love Your Corporation

Analyzing the long and complex history of the term corporation, Turner explores the possibility that the term’s roots in the universitas might serve as a basis for a re-translation and re-valuation of the corporate concept and establish a ground, both discursive and practical, for a reassessment of the “political” as a process of imaginative transformation and collective action.