Post-Digital Literary Studies

  • Florian Cramer Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences


Digital humanities and digital literary studies face much the same challenges as contemporary media art: what will become of them once their media are no longer “new”, and the limitations of processing art as data have become more clearly and widely understood? This paper revisits information aesthetics and computer poetics from the 1960s and 1970s, casting them as precursors of today’s digital humanities, with many of the same issues, achievements and failures, and with their own hype cycles of boom and bust. Conversely, “post-digital” and “Post-Internet” trends in music, graphic design and visual arts may anticipate possible futures of digital humanities and literary studies after the hype has passed.


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Author Biography

Florian Cramer, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
Florian Cramer is a reader at the Creating 010 research center of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences where he is affiliated to Willem de Kooning Academy and Piet Zwart Institute. He lectures and publishes on topics at the fringes of the arts, information technology and politics, with a focus on contemporary practices outside the dichotomies of old versus new media and fine art versus applied art. He also works for WORM, a Rotterdam-based venue and production house for DIY avant-garde culture where he helps in the organization of zine fests, Crypto Parties, an artist-run 8/16mm film lab, and (under the lead of Rasheedah Phillips) an Afrofuturist festival. Most recent publications: Anti-Media (NAi010, 2013), What Is Post-Digital? (, 2014).


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How to Cite
CRAMER, Florian. Post-Digital Literary Studies. MATLIT: Materialities of Literature, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 1, p. 11-27, feb. 2016. ISSN 2182-8830. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 19 sep. 2019. doi:
Secção Temática | Thematic Section


information aesthetics; computer poetics; post-digital; experimental writing; new media.