Yra van Dijk

Yra van Dijk is assistant professor in the Dutch Literature Department at the University of Amsterdam. She wrote a PhD thesis on typographic blanks in modern poetry and has since specialized in the analysis and interpretation of electronic poetry. In 2010-2011 she was a research scholar at UCSD's Center for Research in Computing and the Arts. She is a principal investigator on the ELMCIP Research Project.

Essays by this author

In Defense of Meaning: Roberto Simanowski Close Reads Digital Art


Yra van Dijk calls for a return to the text, for a criticism of digital literature that moves past foundational work on the new form and seriously engages with the work itself. In Roberto Simanowski’s Digital Art and Meaning and in the edited collection Reading Moving Letters, van Dijk finds a return engagement with deep meaning and with criticism as a site of intentional human experience, and not of heavy theory or machinic spectacle.