The anthology
The ELMCIP Anthology of European Electronic Literature is an output from the ELMCIP researchers based at Blekinge Tekniska Högskola (Blekinge Institute of Technology) in Sweden. The anthology is intended to provide educators, students and the general public with a free curricular resource of electronic literary works produced in Europe. The works were selected, after an open call, based on four main criteria:
  • European diversity: to represent a broad cross-section of authors and artists from different European cultures.
  • Formal diversity: to represent a broad sampling of approaches to electronic literature demonstrating the influence of multiple modes of practice and different types of interdisciplinary art practice.
  • Historical relevance: works that were deemed historically important to the development of electronic literature communities in Europe.
  • Pedagogical relevance: works that were deemed appropriate for teaching in secondary and university classroom settings.
The editors
Maria Engberg is Universitetslektor in English and Digital Culture at Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Uppsala University; her dissertation was one of the first in Sweden on digital literature. Her research focuses on contemporary aesthetic practices in various media, media studies, locative media, visual culture, and the impact of digital technologies on cultural expressions. She also works with digital media production, particularly augmented and mixed media experiences and locative media. She was the Principal Investigator at BTH in the ELMCIP project, 2010-2013. Her work can be found at
Talan Memmott holds a Ph.D. in Interaction Design from Malmö University, and an MFA in Literary Arts/Electronic Writing from Brown University. He is currently Universitetslektor in Digital Culture at Blekinge Institute of Technology. Memmott is known as a digital media practitioner and theorist and has published widely on the Internet and in print. He is Vice President of the Electronic Literature Organization and is currently leading a project investigating alternative online education. He was the Co-Investigator at BTH for the ELMCIP project. Memmott’s work can be found at
David Prater holds a BA with Honours in Australian Literature from the University of Sydney, an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne, and a Ph.D. from Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. Papertiger Media published his first poetry collection, We Will Disappear, in 2007 and Vagabond Press published his chapbook Morgenland in the same year. From 2001 to 2012 he was the managing editor of Cordite Poetry Review, an online journal of Australian poetry and poetics. In 2011 he undertook post-doctoral research on electronic literature and pedagogy at Blekinge Tekniska Högskola as part of the ELMCIP project. He works as a research editor at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
Web development and design
Patrik Thorsson,
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Practical information and licensing
The Anthology includes material that can be viewed offline, as well as material that requires Internet access. The language used is predominately English, but several works are produced in other languages. The authors have agreed to publish their work in the Anthology in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) license. This license states that you are free to copy, distribute and transmit the work under the following conditions:
Attribution — You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
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Karlskrona Pedagogy Workshop & Seminar
Blekinge Institute of Technology's part in the ELMCIP project entailed, among other outcomes, hosting a workshop on pedagogical issues concerning electronic literature and digital culture. During three days in June 2011, a group of scholars, teachers and artists gathered in Karlskrona to discuss their experiences from teaching and curriculum development in the field. The result is in part presented in this Anthology where you will find videos of the talks. These are also available directly from the ELMCIP Vimeo site:
During the workshop we also arranged a series of performances of electronic literature. During our Cabaret Voltage performers and students showed and performed their work, revealing a range of aesthetic practice. VIdeo documentation of some of these performances are available on the ELMCIP Vimeo site: Cabaret Voltage was generously funded by the Öppna Sinnet grant from Karlskrona municipality.
The BTH ELMCIP team during the workshop consisted of: Maria Engberg, Talan Memmott, David Prater, Eric Snodgrass, Martin Arvebro, and Ali Tehrani. We are also grateful for the help of the students of the BTH Literature, Culture, and Digital Media undergraduate program.
Developing a Network-Based Creative Community: Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice (ELMCIP) is a collaborative research project funded by Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) JRP for Creativity and Innovation ELMCIP involves seven European academic research partners and one non-academic partner who are investigating how creative communities of practitioners form within a transnational and transcultural context in a globalized and distributed communication environment. Focusing on the electronic literature community in Europe as a model of networked creativity and innovation in practice, ELMCIP studies both the formation and interactions of that community with the aim to further electronic literature research and practice in Europe.
ELMCIP Partners
University of Bergen, Norway (PL Scott Rettberg, Co-I Jill Walker Rettberg)
Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland (PI Simon Biggs, Co-I Penny Travlou)
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden (PI Maria Engberg, Co-I Talan Memmott)
University of Amsterdam, Netherlands (PI Yra Van Dijk)
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (PI Janez Strechovec)
University of Jyväskylä, Finland (PI Raine Koskimaa)
University College Falmouth at Dartington, England (PI Jerome Fletcher)
New Media Scotland (Mark Daniels)
ELMCIP Knowledge Base
The anthology is produced in conjunction with the development of the ELMCIP Knowledge Base which is the project's online resource and networking hub. The Knowledge Base provides additional information about electronic literature, as well as artists, works, scholars and teachers active in the field across the world. There are links to the Knowledge Base throughout the Anthology, providing you as reader, teacher, student or researcher with a wealth of information and insight to the community and its activities.