Hybrids at hand: the problem of representing the heterotic superstring


Contrasting conventional notions of representational realism with the leaps of imagination underlying contemporary physics, Sean Miller explores the necessary role of an imaginary in sting theorists’ search for a coherent “theory of everything.”

Strange Sympathies: Horizons of Media Theory in America and Germany


John Durham Peters outlines “the media studies triangle,” which consists of textual, social, and institutional approaches. He then stakes out another approach that considers what civilization itself has at stake in media change.

Text, Textile, Exile: Meditations on Poetics, Metaphor, Net-work


“Man Ray, Mina Loy, Gertrude Stein, themes of disorientation,
displacement, diaspora, defamiliarized language” and that’s just the
d’s. With such “little clues, like stitches coding a special
language,” Maria Damen weaves an essay-narrative based on her Summer
2007 residency in Riga, Latvia.

Introduction to Annotated Bibliographies


This new thread, edited by Henry Turner and introduced by Joseph
Tabbi, presents in short order what scholars today in the field of
literature, science, and the arts are reading and viewing. Some of the
citations appear online, and by ‘enfolding’ these references, ebr
intends to build a profile of the field as it evolves, available to
ebr readers for further annotation and construction.

Electronic Literature as World Literature: An Annotated Bibliography


A snapshot of items on Joseph Tabbi’s desktops, vertical and
horizontal, presented at the Chicago meeting of the Modern Language
Association in December 2007.

The Unit Is in the Eye of the Beholder


Emily Short interrogates Ian Bogost’s Unit Operations and finds his approach to videogame criticism too capacious in its attempt to account for a variety of expressive media, and too narrow in its focus on low-order choices in videogames.

Locating the Literary in New Media


Joseph Tabbi surveys four recent interventions into new media studies, and argues that literary critics should not forget the power of the written word to resist the circumscribed possibilities of the current mediasphere.

The Novel at the Center of the World


John Limon surveys the boundaries of the global novel in this review of John Newman’s The Fountain at the Center of the World and Naomi Klein’s Fences and Windows. Limon traces the trajectory of plot, character, and argument in the genre, as he reads “perhaps the first great global novel.”

Postmodernism Redux


Stephen Schryer contrasts narratological and postsecular readings of postmodernism in a review of Gerhard Hoffmann’s vast study, From Modernsism to Postmodernism (2005), and John McClure’s narrower but more pointed exploration, Partial Faiths (2007).

Everyday Procedural Literacy vs. Computational Procedural Literacy


Through a mini-experiment Robert Lecusay explores the differences between gamers’ and non-gamers’ interactions with non-player characters in Michael Mateas and Andrew Stern’s Façade.