Beyond the Book: French Literature Online

Harper Memorial Library, Room 140

As the territory of literary production and diffusion increasingly extends beyond the book, a number of today's French writers have explored the possibilities of new media technologies and online publication. This talk will offer an overview and a typology of a range of recent writing projects, including the algorithmic experiments of the Oulipo offshoot ALAMO, the multimedia cinépoèmes of Pierre Alferi, various explorations of hypertext form (Jacques Roubaud, Renaud Camus), the web-based publication platforms of François Bon, and Eric Chevillard’s use of the blog form to reformulate the aesthetic of the fragment.