Literary Evaluation in Online Communities of Writers and Readers

  • Peter Boot Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands
Keywords: Online writing communities, Literary evaluation, Poem online, Verhalensite, Online writing, Online publishing

Abstract

To date, there has been very little research into online writing communities, largely as a result of the perceived low quality of writing produced in these communities. This article examines literary evaluation within online writing communities. Specifically, the Dutch site Verhalensite, which publishes both poems and stories, is analyzed in an attempt to determine why one work may be rated more highly than another, and whether a work’s ratings create an enduring reputation for its author.

Author Biography

Peter Boot, Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands
Peter Boot is Senior Researcher at the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, Postbus 90754 2509 LT, Den Haag, Netherlands
Published
2012-09-02
Section
Articles