Scott Rettberg

Scott Rettberg is Assistant Professor of New Media Studies in the Literature Program at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Rettberg is the cofounder and served as the first executive director of the Electronic Literature Organization from 1999?2001. Rettberg is coauthor of The Unknown, cowinner of the 1998 trAce/Alt-X Hypertext Competition.

An Emerging Canon? A Preliminary Analysis of All References to Creative Works in Critical Writing Documented in the ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base


Scott Rettberg’s essay, “An Emerging Canon?”, highlights the potential for macroanalytic approaches to literary study, specifically in the field of electronic literature. Through his study of the richly populated ELMCIP Knowledge Base, Rettberg analyzes the impact that specific works have had within scholarly and creative communities, and enumerates the potential benefits that this work might have for the preservation, study, and understanding of the field.

The Pleasure (and Pain) of Link Poetics


Entering the cyberdebates, Scott Rettberg moves beyond technique and proposes a more generative approach to hypertext, in which an author’s intention and poetic purpose have a role.

New Media Studies


Scott Rettberg introduces ‘New Media Studies’: a cluster of reviews, and a term (similar in its emergence to the term ‘Postmodernism’).

Evangelizing the Everyday Web


Scott Rettberg appreciates Weinberg’s small pieces more than his ‘unified theory,’ while viewing the Internet not as an economic panacea but a communication medium woven into the fabric of contemporary culture.

First Person, Games, and the Place of Electronic Literature


Scott Rettberg, responding to “The Pixel/The Line” (section 4 of First Person) wonders whether electronic writing isn’t evolving into a subspecies of electronic art, one that uses words as material, ‘just as sculptors use clay.’