|The Anatomy of a Digital Object|
|Matthew Kirschenbaum (English, University of Maryland)|
|Matthew Kirschenbaum will discuss a range of theoretical issues related
to the preservation, archiving, and dissemination of electronic
literature, with particular attention to precedents in the fields of
textual criticism and bibliography. Kirschenbaum will address the
implications of our thinking about electronic literature from the
material and historical standpoint that textual editing demands, and
will also show examples of multiple versions and editions of the "same"
work of electronic literature. Kirschenbaum will conclude with a
preliminary taxonomy of terms for describing the textual condition of
individual works of electronic literature: release, version, layer,
object, state, instance, and copy.