Virtual Masquerades: Electronic Textuality and On-Line Personae
38th Annual Rare Books and Manuscripts Preconference

A Special Session at the Annual Meeting of the Pacific Ancient & Modern Language Association (PAMLA) University of California, Irvine on November 8-10, 1996

Many have commented on the emotional volatility of e-mail, newsgroups, and listserv correspondence, and on the compelling--if not addictive--qualities of interactive hypertext and hypermedia. What is going on in this textual exchange? How are these effects achieved by electronic writers; how are these effects received by electronic readers? Who are these mobile, fluid, multiple--if not mutant--subjects precipitated by on-line texts? Where are they? And how long do they last? This session invites papers that speculate on the literary formation of on-line ethos; on the rhetorical exchange of electronic texts; on institutional or other resistances to such a creative metamorphosis; on implications of hypertext fiction; on new hybrid hypermedia genres exemplified by "games" like Myst; or on other related issues.

Please submit a 1 page abstract (a paper may be included) by APRIL 1, 1996 to:

The Electronic Text Collective
c/o Ellen Strenski
200 HOB-1
Department of English & Comparative Literature
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92717

Queries or abstracts via e-mail to: Mark Mullen.

Note that presenters must be members of the association.

To join PAMLA (formerly PAPC), write to Cynthia Clegg, Executive Director, PAPC, Humanities, Pepperdine Univ., Mailbu, CA 90263-4225. E-mail: . (Dues are $20 regular, $10 student or emeritus.)

KAIROS Kairos: A Journal for Teachers of Writing in Webbed Environments.
Vol. 1 No. 2 Summer 1996