Writing Machines / Edition 1

Writing Machines / Edition 1

by N. Katherine Hayles, Anne Burdick
     
 

Tracing a journey from the 1950s through the 1990s, N. Katherine Hayles uses the autobiographical persona of Kaye to explore how literature has transformed itself from inscriptions rendered as the flat durable marks of print to the dynamic images of CRT screens, from verbal texts to the diverse sensory modalities of multimedia works, from books to

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Tracing a journey from the 1950s through the 1990s, N. Katherine Hayles uses the autobiographical persona of Kaye to explore how literature has transformed itself from inscriptions rendered as the flat durable marks of print to the dynamic images of CRT screens, from verbal texts to the diverse sensory modalities of multimedia works, from books to technotexts.

Weaving together
Kaye's pseudo-autobiographical narrative with a theorization of contemporary literature in media-specific terms, Hayles examines the ways in which literary texts in every genre and period mutate as they are reconceived and rewritten for electronic formats. As electronic documents become more pervasive, print appears not as the sea in which we swim, transparent because we are so accustomed to its conventions, but rather as a medium with its own assumptions, specificities, and inscription practices. Hayles explores works that focus on the very inscription technologies that produce them, examining three writing machines in depth: Talan
Memmott's groundbreaking electronic work Lexia to Perplexia, Mark
Z. Danielewski's cult postprint novel House of Leaves, and Tom
Phillips's artist's book A Humument. Hayles concludes by speculating on how technotexts affect the development of contemporary subjectivity.

Writing Machines is the second volume in the Mediawork Pamphlets series.

The MIT Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262582155
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
11/15/2002
Series:
Mediaworks Pamphlets
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,185,990
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1Media and Materiality
Ch. 2Material Metaphors, Technotexts, and Media-Specific Analysis
Ch. 3Entering the Electronic Environment
Ch. 4Electronic Literature as Technotext: Lexia to Perplexia
Ch. 5Experiencing Artists' Books
Ch. 6A Humument as Technotext: Layered Topographies
Ch. 7Embodiments of Material Metaphors
Ch. 8Inhabiting House of Leaves
Source Material
Endtroduction
Designer's Notes
Author's Acknowledgements
Colophon

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