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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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. Writing Machines Rita Raley N.

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. Christa rated it liked it Jun 03, MIT Press- Computers – pages. Feb 25, Eric rated it really liked it Shelves: Writing Machines by N.

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The autobiographical or pseudo-autobiographical narrative components are the most galling aspect of the book. 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.

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Her chapter on A Humument is the major speedbump: Doing so, she sriting that she neither has any skills as a storyteller nor as a creator of modulated narrative prose. Paperbackpages. Robbe rated it really liked it Nov 08, Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

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Writing Machines by N. Katherine Hayles

Preview — Writing Machines by N. She also explores the writting such texts challenge and undermine traditional conceptions of subjectivity. If so, she finds herself in a kind of Ancient Mariner scenario — thirsty, but unable to drink from the body of water her ship floats on.

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 wgiting to emphasize her points. For an examination of materiality, spends a lot of time thinking about surface features, esp typography.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Nevertheless, I believe most readers will agree that when considered in its totality Writing Machines disintegrates. Hayles explores works that focus on the very inscription technologies that produce them, examining three writing machines in depth: In this respect, Writing Machines retroactively establishes a genealogy for electronic literature that begins with hypertext Michael Joyce, the Eastgate library, and M.

Katherine Hayles No preview available – Account Options Sign in. Jul 16, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: In Writing MachinesKatherine Hayles argues for understanding materiality as a way to discuss representation and simulation and to explore what texts enable and constrain 6.

Electronic text has its own specificities, and a deep understanding of them would bring into view by contrast the specificities of print, which could again be seen for what it was, a medium, and not a transparent interface. View freely available titles: She also self-dramatizes her intellectual process to make her not very original theories sound admirably hard-won.

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Writing Machines

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. Writing Machines came along at the right time, and in many ways it offers a fresh look at important ideas. In addition, Writing Machines is partly situated as a corrective to what Hayles sees as literary studies’ failure to account for technologies of inscription, its general tendency to treat language and content as if they were separable from their technological substrate.

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.

Lyle rated it it was amazing Aug 28, Someone in the chain of command — writer, editor, publisher, friend? 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.

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.