Tag­ging Prac­tices and the Dis­turbed Di­alec­tic of Lit­er­ary Crit­i­cism

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  • Zones of Contact and Fields of Consistency in Electronic Literature

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  • Tag­ging Prac­tices and the Dis­turbed Di­alec­tic of Lit­er­ary Crit­i­cism

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  • Panel: Zones of Contact and Fields of Consistency in Electronic Literature

    This paper will dis­cuss the re­la­tion­ship be­tween speed and lit­er­ary crit­i­cism in the age of new media.  Specif­i­cally, this paper will ex­plore the dual metaphor of the “tag” as an of­fi­cial con­sumer label and an un­der­ground art form, and the pro­duc­tive ten­sion that ex­ists when both forms exist within the same urban space.  Using this metaphor to dis­cuss tra­di­tional ter­mi­nolo­gies and folk­son­omy as forms of “tag­ging” that can cre­ate pro­duc­tive ten­sion within data­base pro­jects like the Elec­tronic Lit­er­a­ture Di­rec­tory, I will con­clude with a call for at­ten­tive­ness that can push both ca­sual read­ers and con­ser­v­a­tive schol­ars to­wards crit­i­cism that is tech­no­log­i­cally ap­pro­pri­ate, eth­i­cally en­gaged, and cul­tur­ally vital.

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