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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An enjoyable short exploration with some fascinating examples. 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. Contact Contact Us Help. Due to their sturdiness, usefulness, and their particular virtues as knowledge-storing systems, books and print will be with us for quite a long time yet.

Besides making electronic literatures critically legible, it could crucially affect the whole business of literary criticism, to the point of completely changing the way certain canonic writers are interpreted.

On the other hand, the very book calls into question the entity of the book in that its intricate web supplement, which includes source material, notes, errata, a lexicon linkmap, and datasets for the index and bibliography, brilliantly demonstrates the remediation thesis.

Hayles performs herself as a remediated narrator, not only in that her consciousness is imbricated with the media that represents her, but also in that her development as a scholar and moments of illumination are inextricably linked to the development of a critical practice of digital textuality.

Writing Machines by N. Katherine Hayles

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 kathedine a textual object, but one that a media-specific analysis will certainly have to come to engage.


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Nov 03, Jill rated it really liked it. The omission is incomprehensible. Lyle rated it it was amazing Aug 28, A pseudo-autobiographical exploration of the artistic and cultural impact of the transformation of the print book to its electronic incarnations.

Instead of giving it an appropriately lithe reading, Hayles goes at it with bulldozer and dynamite, mchines a paleontologist of old. Christa rated it liked it Jun 03, The use of the autobiographical persona Kaye is intriguing on this score: If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’.

Writing Machines

Someone in the chain of command — writer, editor, publisher, friend? Refresh and try again. Devon rated it it was amazing Jun 23, Katherine Hayles rocks as usual in this book! Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.

Maybe she doesn’t really “get” the poetics of the kinds of work she is approaching; by “get” I mean to grasp intuitively how the work is positioned, which is necessary for writing effective criticism of it. Hayles often sounds as if she perceives herself as being naughty and very brave to venture into this territory.

Cavaleman rated it uayles was amazing Jan 07, The material machibes of writing and reading take center stage on page Jul 16, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

Such accidental boorishness makes us also seriously distrust machinws readings of the katnerine 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. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. This idea is hardly new; innovative poetic practice, artists’ books, concrete poetry, and a host of other literary and creative practices have been exploring it for a long time.


Due to the ubiquity of computers and by virtue of the fact that the WWW is still basically a gigantic reference text — I have heard it called an endless library of informational pamphlets — hypertext may have already become our new paradigm of reading. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Part haayles the MIT Mediawork series, which features pamphlet-like books with a marked visual component and predetermined constraints notably length and the inclusion of an autobiographical elementWriting Machines is the result of a striking collaboration between Hayles and designer Anne Burdick. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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Aglaia rated it liked it Sep 10, Nor is it surprising that one of the key texts it investigates is Tom Phillips’ A Humument [12], which so strongly recalls illuminated manuscripts. Augusta Rohrbach rated it it was amazing Sep 11, Lindsey rated it it was amazing Aug 30, 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.

In this respect, Writing Machines retroactively establishes a genealogy for electronic literature that begins with hypertext Michael Joyce, the Eastgate library, and M.

No body of writing in the world is more relevant to what Hayles attempts in Writing Machines.

Helena rated it it was amazing Jan 05,