Reviewer’s Summary This textbook is recommended for use in lower- and upper-level literature courses, genre-specific literature courses, and advanced composition courses offered by two- and four-year colleges. The volume consists of 60 works of electronic literature. These works have been written by various authors, and they present a variety of literary genres, as well as multiple modalities of electronic writing. The editors provide definitions of key terms and links to relevant examples. The textbook is organized well, and it is easy to navigate. In an advanced composition course, one could pair this textbook with readings that address the writing process, as well as those on new media. In a literature course, one could use this textbook as a primary text, complementing it with readings on literature and literary theory.
Reviewer’s Summary This textbook is recommended for use in literature courses, particularly those pertaining to contemporary literature, in two- and four-year colleges. The volume consists of 61 works of electronic literature. The textbook is organized well, and it is easy to navigate. The searchable Content by Keywords page is the most critical component of the textbook. The page defines terms that are relevant to electronic literature and provides links to texts that exemplify the terms. Countries represented by authors include Austria, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, and the United States. Most, but not all, of the texts are English-language texts. Other texts appear in French, German, Catalan, Spanish, and Portuguese, and some of these texts have been translated into English. Collectively, the texts deal with several contemporary themes, including dystopia, identity, technology, and privacy. In a literature course, one could use this textbook as a primary text, complementing it with readings on electronic literature and literary theory.
Reviewer: Douglas King, Associate Professor of English, Gannon University