Moral Tales and Meditations

Moral Tales and Meditations

by Michael Joyce
     
 

Novelist, cyber-theorist, and widely acclaimed hypertext fiction writer Michael Joyce weaves an evocative and provocative set of brief essays and short parable-like fictions into a compelling collection of meditations on how technology and new media affect our culture and everyday lives. Taken together, these pieces present a writer’s reflections on a life of… See more details below

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Novelist, cyber-theorist, and widely acclaimed hypertext fiction writer Michael Joyce weaves an evocative and provocative set of brief essays and short parable-like fictions into a compelling collection of meditations on how technology and new media affect our culture and everyday lives. Taken together, these pieces present a writer’s reflections on a life of sudden changes at the edge of an uncertain future. They continue Joyce’s effort to construct what in previous collections he has called “theoretical narratives.” Here, however, Joyce turns from reflections to what he terms “refractions,” alluding to the turning or bending a wave undergoes when it passes from one medium into another of different density. Through these refractions, he formulates an understanding of the wave of change we face as human beings in a multimediated age.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791451557
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/01/2001
Pages:
165
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgments

MORAL TALES AND MEDITATIONS
Colossus
Reflection

FIRST MEDITATION
At Home with a New Thing

Storm Tossed
White Moths

SECOND MEDITATION
Time Zones

Speed of Light
A Man on the Moon

THIRD MEDITATION
Memory Picnic
Seraph

FOURTH MEDITATION
Recursion, Virtuality, and Simulacrum

Another Land

FIFTH MEDITATION
Amusement Parks

Saint Someone

SIXTH MEDITATION
Space (and Time)

THREE LAST PIECES

Real Life
The Persistence of the Ordinary
The Future of Fiction and Other Large Phrases

Afterword by Hélène Cixous
Works Cited

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