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Regards Croises

Perspectives on Digital Literature

edited by Philippe Bootz and Sandy Baldwin

Publication Year: 2010

What happens to literature in an age of digital technology? Regards Croisés: Perspectives on Digital Literature provides an answer, with a collection of cutting-edge critical essays on literature gone digital. Regards Croisés is an important addition to existing research on digital literature, and will appeal to scholars of electronic writing, digital art,humanities computing, media and communication, and others interested in the field. It offers a significant advance in the field through its wide-angle perspective that globalizes digital literature and diversifies the current critical paradigms. Regards Croisés shows how digital literature connects with traditions and future directions of reading and writing communities all over the world. With contributions by authors from eight countries and three continents, the collection presents points of view on a transcontinental practice of digital literature. Regards Croisés also opens dialogues with expanded critical paradigms of digital literature, beyond earlier critical concern with the aesthetics of the screen as a space of hypertext links. Many of the essays recognize a rich history and ongoing literary practice engaged with the basic fact of the computer as a programmable device. Other essays explore the latest developments in social media and Web 2.0 as venues for digital literature. Regards Croisés shows the vibrant engagement of writers and readers with literary practice in a digital world.

Published by: West Virginia University Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-ii


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pp. iv

Table of Contents

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pp. v-vii

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pp. ix-xiv

Crossed Regards, one English title explored for this collection, was accurate enough but awkward. Philippe Bootz gathered these essays under the French title regards croisés, which nicely emphasizes a crossing and intersection of perspectives or...

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pp. xv-xix

One can generally claim that digital literature(s) has an international dimension. But does this mean that digital literature(s) would escape the cultural readings resulting from regional traditions? Or that the creative practices...

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Narrative Motors

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pp. 1-10

When we experience narrations created in a digital environment, we generally find a clear trend in which writers consider the computer as a mere tool and not as a medium. Thinking about the computer as little more than a rather sophisticated...

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The Unsatisfied Reading

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pp. 11-25

Any aesthetic revolves around the two poles of sensibility and reason.18 Although digital literary works seem to repress sensibility and lyricism in many cases, some of them foreground a disjunction between these two, making them complementary and...

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“Agents Provocateurs” : Codework Interventions on the Listservs

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pp. 26-40

If the limits of digital literatures have not yet been defined, then we know—at least since Lev Manovich articulated an “informational aesthetics”—how to approach textualities elaborated by and for the digital medium.44 A Mcluhanite criticism of media (medium equals...

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Speak, “Memory” : Simulation and Satire in Reagan Library

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pp. 41-62

This paper presents a close reading of Stuart Moulthrop’s Reagan Library (http://iat.ubalt.edu/moulthrop/hypertexts/ rl/, accessed on 03/30/2010), focusing on two topics: mnemonic simulation and surrealistic satirization. These are closely related, in...

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Digital Poetry Beyond the Metaphysics of “Projective Saying”

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pp. 63-83

In postmodern culture, the visual was privileged both as the key paradigm of the contemporary perceptual field and as a crucial criterion for producing the mainstream cultural contents. By privileging the visual, this culture pushed aside the verbal and the tactual as...

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How to Read Words in Digital Literature

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pp. 84-92

In Brazil, as is certainly the case in other countries, one cannot speak about digital literary creation without speaking of concrete poetry or Concretism. Nevertheless, let us not forget the process-poem, one of the Brazilian experimental poetry currents of the sixties, which...

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Textual Material in the Digital Medium

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pp. 93-106

Text is a “pleasure object.” Denys d’Halicarnasse, the first person to theorize about sentences, postulated a diffuse value that is spread on the accumulation of words and their articulation (i.e., rhythmic value, respiratory value). The “content” of a text is actually...

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E-ISBN-13: 9781933202488
E-ISBN-10: 1933202483
Print-ISBN-13: 9781933202471
Print-ISBN-10: 1933202475

Page Count: 128
Publication Year: 2010

Edition: 1st