Writing–reading devices: intermediations

Abstract

Exploring the widening of literary practices, and demystifying boundaries in genres, sensory modalities, reading/writing processes and devices, this paper analyses two types of crossovers and intermediations: distributed authorship in the writing of digital generative literature, and the feedback loops between the screen and the book in contemporary experimental works. Nick Montfort and Marc Saporta’s works are analysed as enactive systems that emerge from the intersections between different modes of production and perception, highlighting the ways in which writing and reading strategies are reconfigured in contemporary experiences with literary forms and theoretical frameworks.

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    Such as those by Talan Memmott, Eric Snodgrass, Mark Sample, Maria Engberg, Flourish Kink or Kathy Inman Berens, among many others.

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    To make the code visible in a web page, one simply has to select "View page source" with a right-click of the mouse on the browser.

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    Composition No. 1 was tranlated into English by Richard Howard and published in the USA by Simon and Schuster in 1963.

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    Salvador Plascencia is the author of another printed experimental novel, The People of Paper published in 2005 by McSweeney’s.

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Marques da Silva, A., Bettencourt, S. Writing–reading devices: intermediations. Neohelicon 44, 41–54 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11059-017-0382-0

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Keywords

  • Digital literature
  • Intermediation
  • Device
  • Authorship
  • Screen and book