Screening the Literary: Writing Quality on the Web

Workshop at Lancaster University

 28 October 2016

Venue: Infolab C60b/c

François Bon, le vidéo-journal (2 Oct. 2016)

François Bon, le vidéo-journal (2 Oct. 2016)

Claims abound regarding the potential death of the printed book and its consequences for culture and society, and studies on electronic literature have proliferated since the 90s. But what happens to writing as a mode of linguistic expression and to the ‘literary’ when technology facilitates the combination of texts with other means of expression (photo, audio, video), changes the stakes and reach of publications, and speeds up the process from the first draft to the final (digitally) published product?

The development of the digitally networked multimedia environment raises questions about the nature and future of what we call ‘literature’ and perhaps about the very usefulness of this term. What is at stake is (still) a core element of culture: the aesthetic value carried by and attributed to a type of written language. How do authors, digital experimenters, critics, and readers of both traditional and digital media perceive the present and imagine the future of this phenomenon? With the generous financial support of Lancaster University and the Institut français du Royaume-Uni, this event of the Authors and the World research hub at Lancaster University proposes a discussion between these players who all act as agents of both change and continuity.


10.00-10.15: Erika Fülöp (Lancaster University, French Studies; Authors and the World): Introduction: Rethinking the ‘Literary’ in the Digital Age

10.15-11.15: François Bon, author, The Author, Not the Book

11.15-11.45: Coffee break

11.45-12.45: Claire Taylor (University of Liverpool, Hispanic Studies): From Print to Tweets: Tracing the Heritage of Digital Genres

12.45-13.45: Lunch

13.45-14.30: Claire Dean (Lancaster University, Computing and Communications; HighWire): Making Wonder Tales: Developing a Digital Writing Practice

14.30-15.15: Emily Spiers (Lancaster University, Languages and Cultures; Institute for Social Futures): Everyday Creative Futures: Digital-Cultural Literacy

15.15-15.45: Coffee break

15.45-17.45: Roundtable with the participation of the four speakers and reflections by

– Allyson Fiddler (Lancaster University, German Studies) – on Elfriede Jelinek: fame, politics, web – writing and branding

– Delphine Grass (Lancaster University, French Studies) – globalization, Houellebecq and the media (author, text, context)

– Andy Darby (Lancaster University, Computing & Communications; HighWire) – the new uses of fiction in Human-Computer Interaction – design fiction and science fiction prototyping

– Charlie Gere (Lancaster University, Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts) – literature among the ‘art(s)’ on/of the web

 18.00: Light dinner


To register and with any enquiries please email Erika Fülöp at

A small registration fee will be charged to cover for catering (£30; for students and unwaged: £15).

The dinner is optional and to be paid separately on the day.


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