Sandy Baldwin investigates the manner in which a computer “ping trace” can be classified as a form of digital poetics, and discusses the underlying symbolic practices of both poesis and poetics that encompass coding and computation.
Contrasting conventional notions of representational realism with the leaps of imagination underlying contemporary physics, Sean Miller explores the necessary role of an imaginary in sting theorists’ search for a coherent “theory of everything.”
John Durham Peters outlines “the media studies triangle,” which consists of textual, social, and institutional approaches. He then stakes out another approach that considers what civilization itself has at stake in media change.
“Man Ray, Mina Loy, Gertrude Stein, themes of disorientation,
displacement, diaspora, defamiliarized language” and that’s just the
d’s. With such “little clues, like stitches coding a special
language,” Maria Damen weaves an essay-narrative based on her Summer
2007 residency in Riga, Latvia.
This new thread, edited by Henry Turner and introduced by Joseph
Tabbi, presents in short order what scholars today in the field of
literature, science, and the arts are reading and viewing. Some of the
citations appear online, and by ‘enfolding’ these references, ebr
intends to build a profile of the field as it evolves, available to ebr readers for further annotation and construction.
Emily Short interrogates Ian Bogost’s Unit Operations and finds his approach to videogame criticism too capacious in its attempt to account for a variety of expressive media, and too narrow in its focus on low-order choices in videogames.
Joseph Tabbi surveys four recent interventions into new media studies, and argues that literary critics should not forget the power of the written word to resist the circumscribed possibilities of the current mediasphere.
John Limon surveys the boundaries of the global novel in this review of John Newman’s The Fountain at the Center of the World and Naomi Klein’s Fences and Windows. Limon traces the trajectory of plot, character, and argument in the genre, as he reads “perhaps the first great global novel.”