Print and Electronic Literature

Print and electronic literature, although composed and read in different mediums, share many common elements. Besides the traditional terms applied in textual analysis—theme, character, plot, symbolism, etc.—analysis of nonlinear texts, in both print and electronic mediums may include: materiality (and medium), structure, fragmentation, lexias and links, ambiguity, interactivity, and the more traditional, intertext, metaphor, and metafiction. An exploration of these nonlinear elements can help us discover why postmodern and electronic authors use them and what narrative becomes when composed in a nonlinear fashion.

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