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ebr10 writing under constraint, winter 99-00
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“The count-down is complete; the line has served its time. In this spirit of millennial closure, the Winter 1999/2000 issue of ebr will be the last written under the constraint of periodical publication.”    >--- introduction






ebr10 guest editor: Jan Baetens



ebr10 writing under constraint
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The Education of Adams (Henry) / ALAMO
Paul Braffort studies constrained writing from Henry Adams to Braffort's own ALAMO project, and presents his findings in the form of a Triolet (between 1999 and 2000 words)

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Constrained Thinking: From Network to Membrane
Paul Harris examines the theoretical aspects of constrained thinking in the age of electronic textuality

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Toward a General Theory of the Constraint
Bernardo Schiavetta: a definition (in 2000 words)

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A Roundup of Constrained Writing on the Web
Stéphane Susana visits web sites that take seriously the constraints of the electronic medium

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Mister Smathers
a short fiction by Harry Mathews

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the second fold: electropoetics
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The Procedural Poetries of Joan Retallack
Brian Lennon considers the aesthetic that Retallack has evolved out of a cybernetic sensibility - a formalism that does not impose authoritarian codes or repressive orders, but rather hacks a pattern out of the sheer data of everyday life: directories, menues, phone books, indexes, encyclopedia, and archives

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"Thorowly" American: Susan Howe's Guide to Orienteering in the Adirondacks
Elisabeth Joyce reads Howe as a postfeminist Thoreau facing the dilemma that 'to inhabit a wilderness is to destroy it'

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British Poetry at Y2K
John Matthias reports on the state of British poetry and its criticism (first in a series of overview essays for the year 2000)

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the third fold: critical ecologies
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Consilience Revisited
Laura Dassow Walls reconsiders Consilience and finds E. O. Wilson to be more Christian in outlook than the Reverend William Whewell, who originated the term, 'consilience'

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