17.521 new book: Close Reading New Media

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Date: Wed Jan 14 2004 - 02:27:59 EST

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 521.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist@princeton.edu

         Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2004 07:17:27 +0000
         From: Willard McCarty <willard@lists.village.virginia.edu>
         Subject: new book: Close Reading New Media

>Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2004 14:16:35 +0100
>From: Jan Van Looy <jan.vanlooy@arts.kuleuven.ac.be>
>Close Reading New Media: Analyzing Electronic Literature
>edited by
>Leuven University Press, 2003
>Close Reading New Media is the first publication to apply the method of
close analysis to
>new media.
>Since the early nineteen-nineties, electronic art and literature have
>continually gained importance in artistic and academic circles.
>Significant critical and theoretical attention has been paid to how new
>media allow the text to break traditional power relations and boundaries.
>The passive reader becomes an active participant choosing his own path and
>assembling not just his own interpretation of the text (level of the
>signified), but also his own text (level of the signifier).
>Texts no longer have a beginning or an ending, being a web of interlinked
>nodes. The decentered nature of electronic text empowers and invites the
>reader to take part in the literary process.
>Poststructuralist theorists predicted a total liberation of textual
>restrictions imposed by the medium of print.
>However, while these are culturally significant claims, little attention
>has been paid to their realization.
>The goal of this volume is twofold. Our aim is to shed light on how ideas
>and theories have been translated into concrete works, and we want to
>comment on the process of close reading and how it can be applied to
>electronic literature. While all contributions deal with particular works,
>their aim is always to provide insight into how electronic fiction and new
>media can be read.
>This book proposes close readings of work by Mark Amerika, Darren
>Aronofsky, M.D. Coverley, Raymond Federman, Shelley Jackson, Rick Pryll,
>Geoff Ryman and Stephanie Strickland.
>Jan Van Looy
>Instituut voor Culturele Studies
>Faculteit Letteren K.U.Leuven (03.23)
>Blijde Inkomststraat 21
>B-3000 Leuven
>tel: 32 (0)16 32 48 44
>fax: 32 (0)16 32 50 68

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