MBCBFTW with or without Homer’s Odyssey

For today’s post, since it is exam week, I pose the following question:

Do you need to read Homer’s Odyssey to fully appreciate the net art classic My Boyfriend Came Back From the War (or MBCBFTW) (1996), by Russian artist Olia Lialina? Answer with reference to other digital art forms and projects, including the idea of ‘epic net art’ (see this discussion thread on Rhizome) and other works that directly rework Homer’s epic (e.g. Judy Malloy’s hypertext novel Its name was Penelope (1993)).

 

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