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Traversals: The Use of Preservation for Early Electronic Writing

Stuart Moulthrop and Dene Grigar

Abstract

Many pioneering works of electronic literature are now largely inaccessible because of changes in hardware, software, and platforms. The virtual disappearance of these works--created on floppy disks, in Apple’s defunct HyperCard, and on other early systems and platforms--not only puts important electronic literary work out of reach but also signals the fragility of most works of culture in the digital age. In response, Dene Grigar and Stuart Moulthrop have been working to document and preserve electronic literature, work that has culminated in the Pathfinders project and its series of “Travers ... More

Keywords: Electronic literature, Pathfinders project, Platforms, Digital writing, Digital Humanities, Cultural heritage, Born digital, Preservation, Obsolescence, Hypertext

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780262035972
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262035972.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stuart Moulthrop, author
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Dene Grigar, author
Washington State University Vancouver