Dani Spinosa is Adjunct Professor of English Literature at York University and Sheridan College. She co-edits Gap Riot Press and is Managing Editor of the Electronic Literature Directory.
In this paper, Dani Spinosa looks to the semantic and metaphorical connotations of Jim Andrews’ “Seattle Drift” (1997) as a litmus test in order to define the uniquely Canadian, specifically Vancouverite, and transnational, transgeneric contributions to the fields of electronic literature and digital poetics. This paper tries to situate a work that “used to be poetry” but “drifted from the scene” to begin to theorize the role of place (Seattle, Vancouver) and national discourse (American, Canadian) in a digital literary world that increasingly works to blur borders and collapses national and generic conventions alike.
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