Notes on the Composition of Notes on the Voyage of Owl and Girl

Participant: J.R. Carpenter (Plymouth University)

This paper will reflect upon the transmutation of male-authored print-based narratives into female-narrated digital literary spaces through the strategies of détournement employed in the composition of Notes on the Voyage of Owl and Girl (Carpenter 2013) http://luckysoap.com/owlandgirl. Part ship’s log, part sea chart, part sailor’s yarn, part children’s book, part Victorian nonsense poem, part computer-generated narrative — this web-based work détournes characters, facts, fictions, and forms of accounts of sea voyages undertaken over the past 2340 years, into the North Sea, into the North Atlantic, and beyond into territories purely imaginary.