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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Lists with This Book. Needless to say, right up my alley. She brings together the two worlds of literature and computer programming.

And so Writing Machines is stimulating for those interested in the literary dimensions of new media, or for students of literature not intimidated by new complexities. No body of writing in the world is more relevant to what Hayles attempts in Writing Machines.

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As electronic documents become more pervasive, print appears not as the macbines 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. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Aglaia rated it liked macbines Sep 10, Design elements of the book are pretty cool.

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.

Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. Devon rated it it was katherrine Jun 23, Writing Machines by N. If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Cavaleman rated it it was amazing Jan 07, Writing Machines by N. It macjines coincidental that, at this juncture, a book like Writing Machines would emerge.


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If Hayles can’t even pick up such signals in a relatively accessible work like A Humument I fear she will go on machinse crucial contextual clues, and continue using wrjting wrong tools for her job. Hayles is thus central to kagherine movement among digital scholars to instantiate the materiality of new media writing over and against the charge that it is ephemeral and limited to the dimensions of the screen.

The material operations of writing and reading take center stage on page Katherine Hayles uses the autobiographical persona of Kaye to explore how literature has transformed itself from inscriptions rendered as the flat durable marks of print to the dynamic images of CRT screens, from verbal texts to the diverse sensory modalities of katherne works, from books to technotexts.

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. Kanta rated it liked it Jun 08, Anne Frances Wysocki Snippet view – Paperbackpages.

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Yet Writing Machinespublished inis timely. Such accidental boorishness makes us also seriously distrust her readings of the other main works she presents, Lexia to Perplexia, and A House of Leaves, as well of the many succulent book works she describes in Chapter 5.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Katuerine freely available titles: Hayles concludes by speculating on how technotexts affect the development of contemporary subjectivity. Hayles argues that materiality can no longer be a subset of literary studies and needs to be central 19for to change the material aspects of a text is to change how it is read See the page described in full color in the online supplement under “Source Material”.

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best katheeine on our website. 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. She also discusses “House of Leaves” which I have yet to get my hands on and read, but sounds fascinating.


Hayles concludes by speculating on how technotexts affect the development of contemporary subjectivity. Writing Machines is part of a push to help bring such modes of analysis from the margins into the mainstream of criticism.

Mar 24, Cleo rated it really liked it. The way in which reading is usually organized in cyberspace basically extends from that form of randomized reading.

Writing Machines is the second volume in the Mediawork Pamphlets series. Gurak No preview available – While a host of experimental poets and writers on poetics have been daily exploding that view for decades [4], their work is culturally marginal. From the start, Hayles omits from her study almost all the valuable work that writint already been done on the topic of “media and materiality” in literature.

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Tricia Carlton rated it it was amazing Jun 04, As Hayles says in an interview accessible through the Haylss web site: Yet literary criticism has remained largely untouched by these experiments. The topics she discusses relate more to “how” we read, than to actually reading on a computer, although that is in there too. Hayles explores works that focus on the very inscription technologies that produce them, examining three writing machines in depth: Difficult reading but definitely worth it. One of the questions or spectres Writing Machines raises is that of the possible eventual or actual obsolescence of kagherine.

This idea is hardly new; innovative poetic practice, writinb books, concrete poetry, and a host of other literary and creative practices have been exploring it for a long time.

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