Decoding Canadian Digital Poetics

Call for papers: Decoding Canadian Digital Poetics – deadline 28 February 2017

For a long time now, Canadian poets have been credited with making significant initiatory experiments in the fields of electronic literature and digital poetics, but there has been relatively little work done examining what constitutes a Canadian digital poetics, what kinds of writing constitute the genre, and what new reading practices are invited by digital poetics. This proposed edited collection looks at the emerging field of Canadian digital poetics and asks two primary questions. First, what is the role of a national literature in the increasingly boundary-less world of electronic literature? And second, how do Canadian digital poetics change the way that we read and engage with these texts?

We are currently seeking contributions for an edited volume of essays exploring this new field. Given the relative lack of material on this genre, the volume will break new ground in the study of electronic literature and digital poetics in Canada, encouraging both new scholarship and the new production of digital poetry that pushes the boundaries of new media forms, of literariness, and of the ways that the digital literary engages with readers and departs from the print-based preoccupation with author-effacing conceptualism.

Essays in this collection may look to early pioneers of electronic literature and digital poetics in Canada or more recent works and they may study born-digital or trans/intermedial works. Essays are encouraged to interrogate issues of gender, race, indigeneity, queerness, class, and other issues of identity and authorship that complicates and enriches the study of national literature, particularly in Canada.

While this collection welcomes all submissions, particular attention will be paid to submissions from graduate students, contingent faculty, and early-career scholars.

Please send abstracts of approximately 300 words to Dani Spinosa at no later than 28 February 2017.