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"These Waves ...:" Writing New Bodies for Applied E- literature Studies

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Title: "These Waves ...:" Writing New Bodies for Applied E- literature Studies
Author: Ensslin, Astrid; Rice, Carla; Riley, Sarah; Wilks, Christine; Perram, Megan; Fowlie, Hannah; Munro, Lauren; Bailey, K. Alysse
Abstract: Included in the Gathering: ELO2019 Gathering (Cork, Ireland) Against the backdrop of écriture feminine and e-lit texts, Ensslin et. al advance methods and findings of the "Writing New Bodies" project (“WNB”; SSHRC IG 435-2018-1036; Ensslin, Rice, Riley, Bailey, Fowlie, Munro, Perram, and Wilks) to lay the foundations of Applied E-literature Research. Their aim is to develop a digital fiction for a new form of contemporary, digital-born bibliotherapy. In following the principles of critical community co-design and feminist participatory action research, WNB engages young woman-identified and gender nonconforming individuals ages eighteen to twenty-five in envisioning worlds where they feel at home in their bodies. The workshops encourage them to engage, conversationally and through reading, co-designing and writing digital fiction, with key challenges facing young women today, including cis- and heteronormative gender relations, racism, anti-fat attitudes, ableism, and familial influences on the ways young women “ought to look” (Rice). This essay originally appeared as a keynote at the 2019 ELO conference in Cork, delivered by Ensslin.
Date: 2020-04-05
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Related Publications: Ensslin, A., Rice, C., Riley, S., Wilks, C., Perram, M., Fowlie, H., Munro, L., & Bailey, K. A. (2020). “These waves …:" Writing new bodies for applied e-literature studies. Electronic Book Review.

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