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date: 17 October 2019

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This chapter explores digital literature (or electronic literature) in Canada and Québec. Beginning with the publication of La Machine à écrire, the world’s first book-length collection of poetry authored by a computer (in this case, a computer programmed by a young Québécois engineer and linguist named Jean Baudot), and ending with current experiments in augmented reality, this chapter traces Canadian and Québécois writers’ contributions to digital literature since 1960. Attention is paid to machine-generated writing, screen-based works, and digital translations and adaptations, as well as notable digital works by some of Canada’s most well-known poets from bpNichol to Erín Moure.

Keywords: digital literature, electronic literature, machine-generated writing, screen-based works, bpNichol, Erín Moure

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