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Writing Machines : Mediawork Pamphlet - N. Katherine Hayles

Writing Machines

Mediawork Pamphlet

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Winner of the 2003 Susanne K. Langer Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Symbolic Form presented by the Media Ecology Association (MEA) 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.

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Without a doubt, Writing Machines is an important book...

-Dene Grigar, Leonardo Digital Reviews
Hayles's book is one of the most exciting examples of technological anti-determinism I have ever read.

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N. Katherine Hayle's Writing Machines is a beautiful little book.

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Without a doubt, Writing Machines is an important book...

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Table of Contentsp. 3
Prefacep. 4
Media and Materialityp. 8
Material Metaphors, Technotexts, and Media-Specific Analysisp. 18
Entering the Electronic Environmentp. 34
Electronic Literature as Technotext: Lexia to Perplexiap. 46
Experiencing Artists' Booksp. 64
Lexicon Linkmapp. 72
A Humument as Technotext: Layered Topographiesp. 76
Embodiments of Material Metaphorsp. 100
Inhabiting House of Leavesp. 108
Source Materialp. 132
Endtroductionp. 138
Designer's Notesp. 140
Author's Acknowledgementsp. 142
Colophonp. 144
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ISBN: 9780262582155
ISBN-10: 0262582155
Series: Mediawork Pamphlet
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 15th November 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.78 x 15.44  x 0.81
Weight (kg): 0.24