Plain Text: The Poetics of Computation (Hardcover)

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This book challenges the ways we read, write, store, and retrieve information in the digital age. Computers--from electronic books to smart phones--play an active role in our social lives. Our technological choices thus entail theoretical and political commitments. Dennis Tenen takes up today's strange enmeshing of humans, texts, and machines to argue that our most ingrained intuitions about texts are profoundly alienated from the physical contexts of their intellectual production. Drawing on a range of primary sources from both literary theory and software engineering, he makes a case for a more transparent practice of human-computer interaction. Plain Text is thus a rallying call, a frame of mind as much as a file format. It reminds us, ultimately, that our devices also encode specific modes of governance and control that must remain available to interpretation.

About the Author

Dennis Tenen is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he is a Co-Founder of Columbia's Group for Experimental Research Methods in the Humanities.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781503601802
ISBN-10: 1503601803
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication Date: June 20th, 2017
Pages: 280
Language: English