Book Hack (LCE Innovation Lab)

What happens when literature moves from paper to the screen? Join us for a one-day book hack to explore the relationship between literature and new digital formats.

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What elements are necessary for a book? Paper, binding, words on the page? Digital formats have challenged our understanding of what a book is, and they have revolutionised the guise in which we meet literary fiction. Kate Pullinger's novel Breathe, for example, is written to be read on a smart phone. What happens when literature comes to be programmed or moved onto screens? These are the questions we will address hands-on with pen, paper and computers in the LCE Book Hack.

Teachers: Kate Pullinger (Professor of Creative Writing and Digital Literature; author of Breathe), Matt Hayler (Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Literature and Contemporary Cultures; author of Challenging the Phenomena of Technology), Karin Kukkonen (Professor in Comparative Literature) and Antonio Martini (Associate Professor in Informatics, UiO).

Join us for the LCE book hack on 1 Nov 2019 in the Litteratursalongen of the University Library, where we will explore the limits of literature.

Sign up by 25 October here


1 November 2019, 10 am - 11 am

  • Karin Kukkonen, Introduction: Literature and the Digital Challenge
  • Kate Pullinger, Writing for Digital Screens    
  • Matt Hayler, Meaningful Materiality
  • Antonio Martini, How Can Programming Support New Digital Formats for Literature?

The three introductory mini-lectures are open to all, while the book hack itself will be only for registered MA students.

Published Sep. 17, 2019 7:21 AM - Last modified Oct. 18, 2019 10:02 AM