Literary Hypertext or E-Incunabula?

In 2010, Memorial University Libraries Special Collections began collecting examples of early electronic books or what my archivist colleague Bert Riggs has dubbed E-Incanabula. We have begun with the classics, written during Moulthrop’s “second wave” (starting with the introduction of personal computers and running through the popularization of the Internet, the second wave produced widely-distributed systems and the first examination of their uses and implications), and including Michael Joyce’s “Afternoon, a story,” Judy Malloy’s “Its Name Was Penelope,” Stuart Moulthrop’s “Victory Garden,” and Shelley Jackson’s “Patchwork Girl.” We are particularly interested in collecting the work of Canadian hypertext writers. Recently, Memorial University Libraries became the permanent home for Newfoundlander writer Don Austin’s hypertext prose poem ned after snowslides.

More information about the fledgling collection can be found at the Special Collections Literary Hypertext webpage.

The image above is taken from Don Austin’s ned after snowslides.

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