I am beyond thrilled to be researching and developing a course titled “Ethnic American Electronic Literature” as a Digital Ethnic Futures Consortium Teaching Fellow. Here’s a brief description of the course, followed by a form that you can use to contribute to the research.
This course focuses on digital literature created by Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian American people who reside in the United States and Canada. This kind of literature arises from a creative engagement with digital technologies that results in language-driven works that incorporate computation, animation, multimedia integration, interactivity, and/or networking and depart from the constraints and culture of the (printed/virtual) page.
The field of eliterature has long been dominated by white practitioners in its publications, histories, and pedagogy. This disparity is due to historically privileged access to digital technologies (aka the digital divide), unequal education in programming, digital literacy, and advanced digital skills, and a culture that sustains white supremacy by defining the field through privileged aesthetics. This course seeks to address this disparity in representation by focusing exclusively on work of American and Canadian writers from diverse ethnic backgrounds and creating lines of continuity that arise from their own literary and cultural contexts.
The first stage of the project is to identify and research digital writers from historically underrepresented ethnicities in the United States and Canada. Please contribute to this research by filling in the following form or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The course and all resources and publications that draw from this research will be made available to the community open access.