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After studying German and English language and literature, I was introduced to digital editions and electronic literature in a seminar taught by Professor Manuel Portela at the University of Coimbra. Since then, I have never stopped studying electronic literature. In 2009, I finished writing a master thesis about illusion and materiality in Shelley Jackson’s Patchwork Girl.  I was awarded an Individual Doctoral Grant by the Foundation For Science and Technology (FCT, Portugal) and, in 2014, I completed a PhD thesis about immersion and interactivity in digital fiction.

So far, I have been collaborating with a vast number of archives, publications and research groups such as the Electronic Literature Directory (ELD), Electronic Book Review (EBR), Arquivo Digital de Literatura Experimental Portuguesa (Po.Ex) and the Consortium on Electronic Literature (CELL). I was involved in the creation of a digital archive dedicated to Fernando Pessoa’s Book of Disquiet and I have collaborated with the research group Figures of Fiction (Centre for Portuguese Literature, University of Coimbra) in the construction of a online dictionary dedicated to Portuguese fictional characters .

I have worked as a reviewer, editor, curator, and I have been a teacher in high schools and elementary schools. I have written about cinema, music and photography. As a researcher, I am interested in literary theory, narratology, science fiction (particularly works that depict human-machine coexistence), multimodality, cyberculture, experimental literature, folktales and storytelling, media studies, materialities of literature, literary analysis, digital literacy and, last but not the least, archival and curatorial work.

Between 2015 and 2017, I worked at the University of Bremen where I developed the project “Shapeshifting texts: keeping track of electronic literature”. I am currently living and working in Portugal.

Dr. Daniela Côrtes Maduro