Tracing a journey from the s through the s, N. Katherine Hayles uses three writing machines in depth: Talan Memmott’s groundbreaking electronic. Writing Machines has ratings and 8 reviews. Eric said: Hayles frames Writing Machines as “an experiment in forging a vocabulary and set of critical p. What readers will notice first about Katherine Hayles’s award-winning Writing Machines are the material properties of the book itself. Part of the MIT Mediawork .
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Yet literary criticism has remained largely untouched by these experiments. The text reenacts this displacement by proclaiming a punningly appropriate phrase that performs what it names, abstracting the missing artifact into “abstract art.
Part of the MIT Mediawork series, which features pamphlet-like kathreine with a marked visual component and predetermined constraints notably length and the inclusion of an autobiographical elementWriting Machines is the result of a striking collaboration between Hayles and designer Anne Burdick. Preview — Writing Machines by N. A pseudo-autobiographical exploration of the artistic and cultural impact of the transformation of the print book to its electronic incarnations.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. Craig rated it really liked it Sep 03, Whatever writihg of print culture we are in now, it certainly didn’t start with the spread of home computers or IT; it has roots centuries deep.
Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Jessica rated it it was amazing Jan 24, Such accidental boorishness makes us also seriously distrust her readings of the other main works she presents, Lexia to Perplexia, writimg A House of Leaves, as well of the many succulent book works she describes in Chapter 5.
For many reasons, most directly tied to changes in technology, people are looking at print with fresh refreshed? Other editions – View all Writing Machines N. Katherine Hayles Aktherine preview available – On the other hand, the very book calls into question the entity of the book in that its intricate web supplement, which includes source material, notes, errata, a lexicon linkmap, and datasets for the index and bibliography, brilliantly demonstrates the remediation thesis.
To students of new media, the concept of materiality and medium as shaping components of artworks is so basic that it might seem strange that it remains radical in literary studies. Floyd Jones having afternoon tea with Mrs. In this respect, Writing Machines retroactively establishes a genealogy for electronic literature that begins with hypertext Michael Joyce, the Eastgate library, and M. Indeed, it is impossible to engage Writing Machines without performing a media-specific analysis, machlnes Hayles articulates as an accounting for the physical embodiment of the text and its relation to the content.
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Doing so, she betrays that she neither has any skills as a storyteller nor as a creator of modulated narrative prose. To push further in the direction of a new semiotics for literary artifacts, I might note that the WebTake for the book notably includes sound in the form of a “talking book”a signifying element not addressed in Hayles’s account of the material properties that comprise a textual object, but one that a media-specific analysis will certainly have to come to engage.
Moreover, the space is imaged as an art gallery, complete with a picture on the wall and pedestals associated with the display of art objects.
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Writing Machines by N. Katherine Hayles
Hayles explores works that focus on the very inscription technologies that produce them, examining three hayls machines in depth: Writing Machines Mediawork pamphlet. Katherine Hayles  is a proponent of a critical method she calls “media-specific analysis,” which is “a mode of critical interrogation hwyles to the ways in which the medium constructs the work, and the work constructs the medium.
Want to Read saving…. If criticism has indeed been “untouched,” it would be because Hayles’ colleagues chose to trivialize or simply ignore a considerable body of critical writing by people who are — we are forced to infer — outside of “the literary community.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. What is really upsetting here is that we begin to wonder if Hayles is perhaps, by her sensibility, simply locked out of an understanding of poetics. If the narrative chapters were replaced with more critical explications, or if the narrative and critical materials were more completely integrated, Writing Machines would be a far superior book.
Gurak No preview available – My library Help Advanced Book Search. Robbe rated it really liked it Nov 08, At times I felt that Hayles thought her ideas were more original than they were though there were a few acknowledgments This is a fascinating book, all about how the materiality of the written word makes a difference for the reader, and about the importance of materiality as well as text.
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. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
Ashley rated it it was ok Mar 10, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The material operations of writing and reading take center stage on page Coverley’s Califiamoves to cybertext Aarsethand culminates in the “technotext,” Hayles’s term for literary works that self-reflexively engage with their own inscription technologies and integrate semiotic elements such as kineticism and navigational structures.
The emergence of electronic literatures in the 20th century and the ever-increasing use of new media in literature means that the acceptance of media and materiality as dimensions of literary meaning is inevitable, no matter how long it has been delayed.
Account Options Sign in. An enjoyable short exploration with some fascinating examples. Besides making electronic literatures critically legible, it could crucially affect the whole business of literary criticism, to the point of completely changing the way certain canonic writers are interpreted.
She also self-dramatizes her intellectual process to make her not very original theories sound admirably hard-won. Hayles’ brilliance and enthusiasm carry us through to the end, and even bring us back to poke around in the better passages. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. The author doesn’t just write these points, she also worked with a designer to make the book feel more like an experience than a “regular” book and to emphasize her points.
Helena rated it it was amazing Jan 05, The autobiographical or pseudo-autobiographical narrative components are the most galling aspect of the book.