The Interactive Letter: Co-Authorship and Interactive Media in Emily Short's First Draft of the Revolution

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This chapter discusses the writing and transmitting of letters in Emily Short’s award winning 2012 interactive work, First Draft of the Revolution, self-described as ‘an interactive epistolary story.’ Through a close reading of the work, this chapter will discuss these two threads of letter writing and transmission in First Draft. The main analysis will be on how interactivity becomes and is used as commentary on the letter’s process of becoming, specifically through the reader as co-author in a triangulation of reading, writing and interactivity. A shorter analysis will examine the letter’s crossing of space and time, and how that transmission contributes integrally to its meaning as a communication medium. In this two-pronged exploration of ‘epistolary interactivity,’ the chapter further interrogates the nature of media itself, and how interactivity shapes letters as media in terms of being, becoming, change and potential for change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEpistolary Entanglements in Film, Media and the Visual Arts
EditorsTeri Higgins, Catherine Fowler
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9789463729666
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2023

Publication series

NameFilm Culture in Transition
PublisherAmsterdam University Press

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