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Author Pressman, Jessica.

Title Digital modernism : making it new in new media / Jessica Pressman.

Publication Info. New York : Oxford University Press, [2014]


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 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  802.85 P926d 2014    ---  Available
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Description xiv, 224 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Modernist Literature & Culture ; 21
Modernist literature & culture.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-216) and index.
Contents Close reading: Marshall McLuhan, from modernism to media studies -- Reading machines: machine poetry and excavatory reading in William Poundstone's electronic literature and Bob Brown's readies -- Speed reading: super-position and simultaneity in Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries's Dakota and Ezra Pound's cantos -- Reading the database: narrative, database, and stream of consciousness -- Reading code: the hallucination of universal language from modernism to cyberspace -- Coda: Rereading: digital modernism in print, Mark Z. Danielewski's only revolutions.
Summary This text examines how and why some of the most innovative works of online electronic literature adapt and allude to literary modernism. Digital literature has been celebrated as a postmodern form that grows out of contemporary technologies, subjectivities, and aesthetics, but this book provides an alternative genealogy. Exemplary cases show electronic literature looking back to modernism for inspiration and source material through which to critique contemporary culture. In so doing, this literature renews and reframes, rather than rejects, a literary tradition that it also reconfigures to center around media. The author pairs modernist works by Pound, Joyce, and Bob Brown, with major digital works like William Poundstone's Project for the Tachistoscope, Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries's Dakota, and Judd Morrissey's The Jew's Daughter. With each pairing, she demonstrates how the modernist movement of the 1920s and 1930s laid the groundwork for the innovations of electronic literature. This study situates contemporary digital literature in a literary genealogy in ways that rewrite literary history and reflect back on literature's past, modernism in particular, to illuminate the crucial role that media played in shaping the ambitions and practices of that period.
Subject Hypertext literature.
Modernism (Literature)
Electronic publications.
Literature and technology.
Electronic publications. (OCoLC)fst00907432
Hypertext literature. (OCoLC)fst01762459
Literature and technology. (OCoLC)fst01000104
Modernism (Literature) (OCoLC)fst01024455
ISBN 9780199937080 (hardcover ; acid-free paper)
0199937087 (hardcover ; acid-free paper)
9780199937103 (pbk. ; acid-free paper)
0199937109 (pbk. ; acid-free paper)

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