The TwLetteratura Method


The TwLetteratura method enables people to read and comment together cultural contents through Betwyll and Twitter.

TwLetteratura is the name of the methodology we employ to propose, through interactive experience and rewriting allowed by social networks, reading and developing of works of literature, arts, and culture. This method has been experimented from January 2012 by Paolo Costa, Edoardo Montenegro and Pierluigi Vaccaneo; around them, an ample and devoted community of people has developed, comprised of thousands of enthusiasts and some hundreds of regular ‘re-writers’.

The community chooses a book, reads it and comments on it – one chapter after the other, following a shared reading calendar – essentially ‘re-writing’ the book through Betwyll (the social reading webapp developed by TwLetteratura) and Twitter. Each participant proposes his or her own personal interpretation in twylls or tweets (one or multiple, following the inspiration): re-writing includes paraphrasing, variations, comments, and/or interpretation; moreover, people can employ media that are different from the original format (like videos, songs, drawings). The employment of different stylistic registers – following the Oulipo model – allows users to experiment with unlimited combinations of deconstruction and reconstruction of the original text, a system of micro-texts produced by the community (comments) related to the original text and between each other (because every twyll or tweet is a source of answers, comments, extensions). Betwyll is the webapp developed by TwLetteratura that allows to apply its method in a protect, more private environment, where on the same screen the user will find the text to be commented and the space to comment it, by himself or reading other users’ comments. In this environment, every user proposes his or her own interpretation through his or her twylls and the projects could be open only to a specific category of users (like the student in a classroom, at school or university; the employees of a company; participants to workshops).

The instructions you read on this page have to be read as a guide for everyone who wants to propose a re-writing experiment in the same way we proposed, since 2012, our first projects: #TweetQueneau#LunaFalò e #Leucò, followed by many others.

The TwLetteratura method can be employed as a didactic tool not to replace, but to support more traditional approaches in order to:

  • instruct the reading practice and stimulate passion for books, works of art, and culture;
  • Teach the rules of synthetic writing;
  • Instruct an informed practice of new technologies and online social networks.

Although employed so far in a primarily literary context, TwLetteratura method could be employed in other environments. We would especially promote its employment in support of iconographic analysis, the listening of musical work, the interpretation of a film and, more generally, the decoding of cultural products, even in tourism.

The available documentation includes:

We invite you to utilize TwLetteratura method to realize your cultural projects on the following conditions: you must quote this sentence to make explicit the ownership of the method; you cannot employ the method for commercial purpose, you will not modify its main characteristics: “TwLetteratura method, invented by Paolo CostaEdoardo Montenegro e Pierluigi Vaccaneo, is published under license Creative Commons (Attribution – Not Commercial – Share in the same way) on website”.

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