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MLA 2013 Electronic Literature Exhibit Impact Report

Once again, Kathi and I have produced an Impact Report that looks that the way our exhibit has impacted scholarship and influenced thinking about electronic literature following the exhibit we curated at the Modern Language Association.  This is the second exhibit of electronic literature we have curated at the MLA; the first took place in Seattle, WA and featured over 160 works.  

Here is the executive summary:



  • Many visitors to the "Avenues of Access" exhibit at the Hynes Convention Center actively sought it because the 2012 e-literature exhibit positively affected their scholarship
  • Visitors lingered for upwards of an hour, even two, immersing themselves in the various generic stations and talking with curators and other scholars about connections between their own research and the exhibited e-lit
  • The natural affinity between e-literature and digital humanities manifested itself in conversations that are sparking scholarly collaboration on projects, speaking invitations and publications
  • Young scholars tell us they are revising their courses of study and dissertation plans to account for electronic works they encounter at MLA e-lit exhibits
  • Because e-lit is emergent and dynamic, scholars discovered new paradigms within primary source materials 
  • E-lit's platform and thematic diversity made it amenable to many traditional scholarly fields and encourages transdisciplinary collaboration
  • A number of visitors remarked that they now expect to encounter an e-lit exhibit at MLA. E-lit at MLA is another demonstration of how MLA leadership embraces new technologies and scholarly developments in the field

Here is the link to the complete report:


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