Textual instability: paradoxes of literary remix

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Unstable texts have long been an ideal in digital literary theory. These were once author-scripted domains in which readers could choose only from set paths but, with Web 2.0, more genuine readerly creativity is now possible. Readers can rewrite texts, radically changing narrative outcomes, or remix them with other texts, fanfiction-style. This chapter examines three case-studies, drawn from Australia and Italy, blending postmodern remix aesthetics with literary culture. Each maintains some degree of editorial oversight in the interests of quality control. Can the eLit community’s commitment to democratic access be squared with its insistence on a neo-Modernist aesthetics of difficulty? Or, in the social media age, does the definition of ‘electronic literature’ need broadening?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Perspectives on Digital Literature
Subtitle of host publicationA Critical Introduction for the Twenty-First Century
EditorsTorsa Ghosal
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781003214915
ISBN (Print)9781032103495, 9781032103518
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Digital literature
  • hyptertext
  • remix
  • social media
  • Authorship
  • copyright
  • web 2.0
  • fanfiction
  • Electronic literature
  • print
  • Australian literature

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