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Author Moulthrop, Stuart, author

Title Traversals : the use of preservation of early electronic writing / Stuard Moulthrop and Dene Grigar
Published Cambridge, MA : The MIT Press, [2017]
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Contents Entity and event : electronic literature in context -- The many faces of Judy Malloy's Uncle Roger -- Coelacanth history : Uncle Buddy's phantom funhouse and the cybertext of things -- Monsters and freaks : Patchwork girl and the new unreadable -- The archives pertaining to Bill Bly, curator and translator -- Afterword : the Sappho Syndrome, and other concerns in the preservation of born-digital media
Summary Many pioneering works of electronic literature are now largely inaccessible because of changes in hardware, software, and platforms. The virtual disappearance of these works--created on floppy disks, in Apple's defunct HyperCard, and on other early systems and platforms--not only puts important electronic literary work out of reach but also signals the fragility of most works of culture in the digital age. In response, Dene Grigar and Stuart Moulthrop have been working to document and preserve electronic literature, work that has culminated in the Pathfinders project and its series of "Traversals"--video and audio recordings of demonstrations performed on historically appropriate platforms, with participation and commentary by the authors of the works. In Traversals, Moulthrop and Grigar mine this material to examine four influential early works: Judy Malloy's Uncle Roger (1986), John McDaid's Uncle Buddy's Phantom Funhouse (1993), Shelley Jackson's Patchwork Girl (1995) and Bill Bly's We Descend (1997), offering "deep readings" that consider the works as both literary artifacts and computational constructs. For each work, Moulthrop and Grigar explore the interplay between the text's material circumstances and the patterns of meaning it engages and creates, paying attention both to specificities of media and purposes of expression
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-264) and index
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Subject Digital preservation -- History.
Hypertext literature -- Preservation -- History.
Form Electronic book
Author Grigar, Dene, author
ISBN 0262339013 (electronic bk.)
9780262339018 (electronic bk.)