Real-time autobiography: presentation @ Mix Digital 3, Bath Spa University, July 2nd 2015

Real-Time Autobiography: Autofiction and Autofiction

‘Autofiction’ has been named as ‘the future of the novel’ again, based on the work of authors such as Ben Lerner, Karl Ove Knausgård and Sheila Heti. The mid-20th century term takes on a new meaning by operating explicitly in the context of a digitalised environment. It bears the notion of self-referentiality but also one of automation – while at the same time echoing the surrealist concept of automatic writing. As such, an understanding of autofiction as ‘real-time autobiography’ can tie the concept of ‘uncreative writing’ and remix culture to digital writing as self-expression, as seen in the context of blogging and social media.

Four axes: Literature in the digital age

The context or background to where my overall question about Literary Writing and / or the Web comes from:

Four axes can be discerned along which a lot of the available research in the field of literature in the digital age revolves: technology, publishing, reading and writing. These can be named ‘procedural’ because they deal not so much with the literary content, but with the external processes of making, producing, selling, consuming etc. surrounding it. Lees verder “Four axes: Literature in the digital age”

New project: Literary writing and the Web

How does literature or literary writing develop under the influence of digital media and the internet? What characteristics do web-based literary texts have, specific to the digital medium they appear on? How are such characteristics reflected in more traditionally set up and published literary works like novels, short stories and poetry issued by renowned publishers and printed on paper? And what societal and personal perspectives do these renewed forms of literary expression provide?

While research into literature in the digital era has mostly focused on procedural questions (e.g. the process of technological development, publishing, reading, and writing), the question of the literary characteristics of writing in the ‘new media’ is still an open one. A view on the literary product itself is mostly lacking; a reflection on what is called ‘content’ when talking about literature on the Web. How is literary writing influenced by the fundamental shift that the Web has brought about in the last 25 years? Can style and composition be noted to have changed, adapting dominant strategies from online culture? And what are the effects on the expressive meaning of these texts? In short, how does the internet effect the art of the written word? Lees verder “New project: Literary writing and the Web”

Online (kunst)kritiek // Hybrid criticism

Bij de presentatie van het nieuwste nummer van tijdschrift Kunstlicht op vrijdag 18 oktober had ik de eer iets te mogen zeggen over online kunstkritiek. Vanuit mijn eigen ervaring in de online literaire kritiek en met de overgang naar digitaal publiceren, kwam ik uit op wat ik heb genoemd: hybrid criticism. Hieronder mijn praatje.


Goedenavond allemaal. Ik ben blij dat ik hier ook iets mag zeggen. In het voorjaar was ik samen met Daan Stoffelsen bezig een bijdrage te schrijven voor dit Kunstlicht-nummer getiteld Art criticism in the networked age, maar vanwege (heuglijke) persoonlijke omstandigheden – hij werd vader – hebben we het niet gehaald om het op tijd af te maken. Nu kan ik toch wat dingen delen waar ik toen over heb nagedacht. In hoofdzaak gaan die over online literaire kritiek en wat ik heb genoemd hybrid criticism. Lees verder “Online (kunst)kritiek // Hybrid criticism”