Cyberspace Textuality: Computer Technology and Literary Theory

Overview

Representative of the next generation of cybertext criticism, the essays in this book explore the concepts of texts and the forms of textuality emerging from the new electronic technologies. The first group examines contemporary literary theory and the texts of cyberspace. The second debates how identity is affected by the power of electronic technology to create virtual doubles of the body. The authors look at feminist and experimental writing, theatrical writing in virtual spaces, and rethinking the body in ...
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Overview

Representative of the next generation of cybertext criticism, the essays in this book explore the concepts of texts and the forms of textuality emerging from the new electronic technologies. The first group examines contemporary literary theory and the texts of cyberspace. The second debates how identity is affected by the power of electronic technology to create virtual doubles of the body. The authors look at feminist and experimental writing, theatrical writing in virtual spaces, and rethinking the body in cyberspace. The final essays gather three "performance texts" that turn the critical investigation of cyberspace textuality into a quest for new forms of literary theoretical writing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253334657
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Pages: 290

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. I Cybertext Theory
1 Aporia and Epiphany in Doom and The Speaking Clock: The Temporality of Ergodic Art 31
2 Theorizing Virtual Reality: Baudrillard and Derrida 42
3 Virtual Topographies: Smooth and Striated Cyberspace 61
4 Cyberspace, Virtuality, and the Text 78
Pt. II Cyberspace Identity
5 Women Writers and the Restive Text: Feminism, Experimental Writing, and Hypertext 111
6 "The Souls of Cyber-Folk": Performativity, Virtual Embodiment, and Racial Histories 137
7 The Disturbing Liveliness of Machines: Rethinking the Body in Hypertext Theory and Fiction 164
8 Postorganic Performance: The Appearance of Theater in Virtual Spaces 182
Pt. III Cybertext Criticism as Writing Experiment
9 Artificial Life and Literary Culture 205
10 Virtual Termites: A Hypotextual Technomutant Explo(it)ration of William Gibson and the Electronic Beyond(s) 224
11 Myths of the Universal Library: From Alexandria to the Postmodern Age 256
App World Wide Web Sites on Cyberspace Textuality 267
Contributors 275
Index 279
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