Electronic Literature: New Horizons For The Literary

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Electronic literature is an emerging literary genre that challenges the traditional understanding of literary criticism and theory. It is this challenge, in part, that is responsible for keeping the emerging genre out of the classroom, and with this work, Hayles (English & design/media arts, Univ. of California) means to grant it entry. Drawing on technology-related literary criticism and theory, she creates a new space for electronic literature to be read and understood. She argues that the impact of the digital on modern writing cannot be underestimated. Almost all contemporary writing, she writes, begins in the digital realm, starting as text files on a computer, and this digital birth has deeply affected how literature is written and understood. Through a thorough reading of both "classic" and new texts, Hayles demonstrates that electronic literature is created by and with both the reader and the technology. One does not take precedence over the other; instead, they work as an interconnected whole to read-or, as Hayles prefers, perform-the text together. Recommended for academic libraries. [Complementing the text are a CD-ROM containing 60 works of electronic literature and a web site, http://newhorizons.eliterature.org, with resources for students and teachers.-Ed.]
—Deborah Hicks

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780268030841
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Series: ND Ward Phillips Lectures Series
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

N. Katherine Hayles is professor of literature at Duke University.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures     vii
Read Me     ix
Electronic Literature: What Is It?     1
Intermediation: From Page to Screen     43
Contexts for Electronic Literature: The Body and the Machine     87
Revealing and Transforming: How Electronic Literature Revalues Computational Practice     131
The Future of Literature: Print Novels and the Mark of the Digital     159
Notes     187
Index     211

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