Doris Hambuch deposited Including E-Literature in Mainstream Cultural Critique: The Case of Graphic Art by Khaled Al Jabri in the group TC Popular Culture on MLA Commons 3 years, 8 months ago
This essay uses the image-based work of Emirati cartoonist Khaled Al Jabri to address concerns of technological dependence to reconsider our use of screens. The production of electronic literature requires technologies responsible for undeniable hazards unique to today’s information and gadget age. As represented in Al Jabri’s graphic art, these hazards relate to socio-psychological, environmental, as well as political-nostalgic aspects of globalized societies. Al Jabri inserts his authorial, cautioning presence in the shape of an iconic cat figure in most of his images. The essay argues that if this cat were introduced to commendable e-lit, he would not only highlight benefits of the creative possibilities engendered by the digital age, but he would also acknowledge his own participation.