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The Second International Conference on the Future of the Book

Narrative Architectures After the Book: New Containers and Standards For Stories In Digital Culture

Carolyn Guertin.

Architecture is a barometer of social attitudes and, in the way it reflects beliefs, structures how a society perceives time and space (Virilio 22). The notion that architectures tell us who and what we are is an interesting starting point for investigating what the new literatures and new literary structure of our age look like and why they are taking this form. Containers for stories are something that change dramatically from culture to culture and that always influence the kinds of stories a society tells. In the information age, however—like in the early days after Gutenberg’s assembly of the printing press from existing technologies—computerized publishing standards are changing so fast that the new generation of digital narratives are threatened with extinction almost before they are read. Examining the options in terms of new metadata standards reveals that solutions for preservation exist, but that the sheer overwhelming data glut of our time threatens to leave the new literatures behind in the dust.


Carolyn Guertin  (Canada)
Learning Environment Architect
Academic Technologies for Learning, Faculty of Extension
University of Alberta

A cyberfeminist and scholar of writing technologies and the new media arts, Dr Carolyn Guertin is a Learning Environment Architect at the University of Alberta. From her position as literary advisor to the Electronic Literature Organization and Curator of Assemblage: The Women's New Media Gallery, she has been invited to teach at universities in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Spain. Her own creative and critical works have been exhibited and published internationally.

  • Information Architecture
  • Obsolescence
  • Hypertext
  • Digital Narrative
  • New Media Arts
  • Metadata
  • Publishing Conventions

(Virtual Presentation, English)