This semester was probably one of the hardest semesters I’ve had since my undergraduate years. There were some days I would come to class and think there was no way I was going to make it to December. However, escaping into a world so intriguing and intimidating at the same time, allowed me to push through everything that was going on in my life and make a product that I will cherish forever. My final project for this class went from an idea to a sketch, to a storyboard, to something elaborate.
My idea of electronic literature was almost the opposite idea of what it is. September, I was nervous about how the semester will go after the first class. There were other students, specifically graduate students, in the class who have taken a similar course before electronic literature. It was new territory that made me afraid that I will not be able to understand the material. I thought electronic literature was merely reading a piece of literature on a device. I was not aware that it was an entire community. By October, I wanted to stay “safe” and only focus on the electronic poems and generative poetry that we looked at during the walkthroughs. The other pieces of literature seemed to be too difficult for me.
November is when it clicked for me. I realized that interactive electronic literature is the type of pieces that captured my attention. That is when I became passionate about my electronic literature piece for my final project. Even as a student, I am at fault for finding myself not allowing my mind to make room for new learning opportunities. When the material or subject is something I don’t understand, it is difficult for me to grasp the information. However, I realized that new means power. This was not simply an elective to fill credits; this was a course that taught me that literature could be in any form as long as it teaches, expands on cultural backgrounds, and accepting of the knowledge that formal literature provides.
At the beginning of the semester, I remember my instructor painted the picture of reading a book on the couch with a cup of tea next to a fireplace and the feeling of reading that piece of literature. She was not that descriptive, but the point was that is the image that comes to mind when we think “reading literature.” It is now December, and I can proudly say that I can read and interact with electronic literature on my couch with a cup of coffee. I am grateful for this course to expand my mind on this subject. This made me excited to move forward to create other pieces of electronic literature. Also, to become apart of its community.
Well, my friends, this isn’t goodbye. I’ll see you all in the electronic world (or the real one, whichever comes first.)