Rui Torres

Rui Torres is Associate Professor at University Fernando Pessoa, Portugal. He teaches in the Erasmus Intensive Program in European Digital Literatures at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. In the past, he was a visiting professor in M.A. programs of the NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal; the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain; and the University of Tallinn, Estonia. He is the director of the academic journal Cibertextualidades, and member of several editorial boards and scientific committees of other journals in the field of electronic literature. He is an author of electronic literature, having his poems published in several anthologies (ELC2, ELMCIP) and CD-ROMs. He was the Principal Investigator of the project PO.EX’70-80 (funded by the Portuguese Science Foundation and the European Union) and is the coordinator of the resulting Digital Archive of Portuguese Experimental Poetry.

“The dead must be killed once again”: Plagiotropia as Critical Literary Practice

2012-08-05

Rui Torres tracks the practice of intertextual borrowing or “plagiotropia” between the works of Portuguese experimental poets. Plagiotropia is a tangible and fecund practice in digital poetry, where poetic texts migrate and grow across media. Torres’ arguments culminate in an examination of his own online combinatory cyber-poetry, which creatively re-writes earlier pre-digital experimental works.