Digital Literary Responses
Although Reader Response theories have been widely discussed within English Studies, this century has seen challenges - both practical and ontological – to the definitions and habits of reading and spectating. Digital “reach” has introduced a more widespread sense of virtual community and this has influenced both creative energies as well as analytic attention. Are our more traditional senses of the “reader” and “spectator” viable any more? And if our responses have been altered definitively, then should we simply embrace new bases for interpretation and leave behind outdated practices? This panel will attempt to address these issues both in theoretical terms and, as far as creative composition is concerned, also in terms of creative practice. Do we know our audiences that well? And are our publications now geared up to more interactive possibilities, where their “finished” status is questioned?