(De)Constructing Digital Literature

DH306, New Media

photoPart of being a digital humanist means being a collaborator, and there are a plethora of facilitating platforms like GoogleDocs and Storify to link and co-author content. But sometimes deconstruction applies too, as Mark Sample proposes “what is broken and twisted is also beautiful, and a bearer of knowledge. The Deformed Humanities is an origami crane — a piece of paper contorted into an object of startling insight and beauty.” In this vein, here’s an Emily Dickinson poem that’s been deconstructed and rearranged, words linked by tangential pathways that make the poem malleable. You can read it however you choose, beginning wherever you want.

Comment below with the best phrases you find.

7 thoughts on “(De)Constructing Digital Literature

  1. Love this Tim! What did you use to make that map? is it flash-interactive? I can’t tell with my ipad… Will get back to you with my fave phrases.

    1. It’s an app for iPad called Simple Mind. I’m planning on doing an in-depth post about it, since it’s been instrumental in a few of my assignments. So far I haven’t been using it interactively, but it’s got quite a few features I haven’t checked out yet. Glad you like it!

  2. Tim, I really love how you created this visual deconstruction of this poem. The visual aspect really allows you to deconstruct the poem in various ways. In your presentation, the phrases “Heavenly hurt it gives us” and “The landscape listens” really stood out for me. It was fun following the various paths in your image.

  3. What an awesome and creative approach, Tim! I feel like it’s a game with endless possibilities. Next game night at my place will be Tim’s (De)constructing of Dickinson’s “There’s a Certain Slant of Light.”

  4. Favorite phrase is definitely “it oppresses where the meanings are” so deep. This was a very creative idea, I love that it utilizes both the words and a visual aspect of the poem! Great Job!

  5. My favorite phrase is “When it goes ‘T is like the distance, But internal – where the meanings are.” Great idea for deconstructing the poem – very creative! It has endless possibilities.

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