Jim Andrews Drifting to (and from) Vancouver


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.

This article “Jim Andrews Drifting to (and from) Vancouver” originally appeared in Concepts of Vancouver: Poetics, Art, Media Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 235 (Winter 2017): 91-106.

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