Electronic Literature Organization

Kathi Inman Berens (Photographer), John T. Murray (Photographer), R. Lyle Skains (Photographer), Rui Torres (Photographer), Mia Zamora (Photographer)

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ELC4 presents the largest and most diverse group yet of elit authors writing in Afrikaans, Ancient Chinese, Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, isiXhosa, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mezangelle, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Setswana, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, South African Sign Language, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Yoruba.

ELC4 is the first ELC offering access to some commercial works, such as VR experiences playable even without headsets, and narrative video games. These join the Collection’s far more numerous open access works: database fictions, autoethnographies by GenZ makers, works that play cleverly with AI, geospatial storytelling via mobile phones, and many more.

Our goal was to welcome artists who may never have heard of “elit” or encountered it in a classroom. We sought and found works by Indigenous makers from many cultures. We found new-to-elit makers by attending live streamed performances and virtual exhibits from makers in India, Mexico, and West Africa. Elit scholars in Chile, Argentina, and Brazil connected us with media artists in Central and South America. International consultants from Asia, the Middle East, eastern and western Europe, Australia, and Africa helped us find works imbued by their local cultures. International consultants wrote evaluations when we editors didn’t speak the languages.

ELC4 features many more BIPOC, queer, and female or female-identifying authors than in previous Collections, allowing us to interrogate our core beliefs about elit.

However, there is much more work yet to do in decentering patriarchal and imperial culture as the implied standard of elit.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWashington State University Vancouver
PublisherElectronic Literature Organization
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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