Center For

Literary Computing

Exploring and advancing the digital humanities



A listserv for theory and writing

As the open spaces of the internet narrow between bureaucracy and greed, email lists become ever more important. The aim of WRYTING-L is to maintain a balance between dissemination and conversation, to offer the possibility of a space of writing not overdetermined by academic rule, party line or limit of genre. All kinds of writing and discussion are welcome. The list is run with a minimum of management by Alan Sondheim and Sandy Baldwin, and is open to all.

WRYTING-L is an email list for theory and writing, focusing on texts and comments presented by the participants. The list is managed out of the Center for Literary Computing at the West Virginia University. It is open to anyone, in or outside the University. The object is to provide a forum for writing and theory that may not fit within the confines of a particular discipline, in recognition of the recent interest in operating between and across theories and genres in the humanities and beyond.

We’re interested in all sorts of issues – avant-garde pieces, psychoanalytical, phenomenological, or deconstructive approaches, etc.

Wryting is cross-platform, cross-gender, cross-reason; it may involve embodiments of reader and writer, codework and sestinas, abstract language, the collapse of genre.

If you are working with images, please give a URL; they won’t come through the list. If you are working on an extremely long piece, you might want to give a URL as well (there is a 500-line limit on every post).

WRYTING-L stems from the older fiction-of-philosophy list, which presented work between literature and theory, fiction and poetry, philosophy and lyric, and so forth. Any discussion and original work is welcome. To join send the message

“subscribe wryting-l (your email address) (your name)”

without the quotation marks and parentheses to

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A digest option is available.