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By Jessica Pressman

ISBN-10: 7420138028

ISBN-13: 9787420138025

Whereas most important reports of born-digital literature have fun it as a postmodern paintings shape with roots in modern applied sciences and social interactions, Digital Modernism presents another family tree. Grounding her argument in literary heritage, media experiences, and the perform of close-reading, Jessica Pressman pairs modernist works via Ezra Pound, James Joyce, and Bob Brown, with significant electronic works like William Poundstone's Project for the Tachistoscope {Bottomless Pit}, Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries's Dakota, and Judd Morrissey's The Jew's Daughter to illustrate how the modernist stream of the Nineteen Twenties and Thirties laid the foundation for the thoughts of digital literature. hence, Digital Modernism makes the case for contemplating those electronic creations as "literature" and argues for the price of interpreting them conscientiously, heavily, and inside literary history.

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American avant-garde poet Bob Brown introduced his plan to build a reading machine that would speed up the way we read and thereby fundamentally change the kind of literature we write. ”85 The Readies was never built, but Brown’s writing about the machine and his anthology of poetry for it (which includes out-of-print poems by Gertrude Stein, F. T. Marinetti, and Ezra Pound) serves as a crucial link between experimental writers of modernist and contemporary periods imagining literary revolution through innovations in the speedreading machines of their own times.

I show how YHCHI brilliantly adapt Pound’s poetry at the level of content and form. For, not only do YHCHI remix the language of the first cantos but they also use Flash to renovate Pound’s poetic technique of “super-position” or textual montage. This chapter examines the transformation of Pound’s formal technique into Flash to show how the poetic result illuminates connections between the modernist and digital modernist texts as well as the literary periods they represent. Chapter 4, “Reading the Database: Narrative, Database, and Stream of Consciousness,” traces a constellation of digital modernist works that adapt stream of consciousness in ways that illuminate literature’s effort to represent cognition with and through media.

Chapter 1, “Close Reading: Marshall McLuhan, from Modernism to Media Studies,” introduces the father of media studies, Marshall McLuhan, as a modernist New Critic and argues for the importance of understanding how close reading serves his foundational writing. M ­ cLuhan studied at Cambridge under such eminent New Critics as I. A. R ­ ichards and F. R. Leavis, and this training provided the scaffolding for his later theories about media evolution. I examine how McLuhan adapted the New Critical practice of close 24 DIGITAL MODERNISM reading and applied it to objects that the New Critics did not consider literary.

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