The Baroque Technotext (Book)
Literature in a Digital Mediascape
This book analyzes the role of baroque and neo-baroque aesthetics in technotexts, reframing critical debate of contemporary experiments in literary practice in the late age of print.
To date, most criticism of print and digital technotexts – literary objects that foreground the role of their media of inscription –has emphasized the avant-garde contexts of a text’s production. Baroque Technotexts opens new perspectives on this important and innovative literary canon, analyzing the role of baroque and neo-baroque aesthetics in the emergence and possible futures of technotexts. Combining the insights of poststructuralist theory of the baroque, postcolonial theory of the neobaroque, and insightful critique of the prevailing modernist approaches to technotexts, Baroque Technotexts reframes critical debate of contemporary experiments in literary practice in the late age of print. Analyses of works from authors including Jonathan Safran Foer, Chris Ware, and David Clark are matched with reflections on other media texts – film, visual art, and interface design – that have adopted baroque aesthetic tropes.
Elise Takehana is associate professor of English studies at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts. Her research interests include composition and rhetoric, media studies, aesthetics, and twentieth- and twenty-first-century text production.
About the Book vii
Chapter Summaries ix
Introduction: An Anamorphic Projection of the Title 1
Reconciling Literary Study with Materiality 2
Technotexts as a Focus 6
Technotexts Beyond Modernism 8
Baroque as the Other Focus 10
Baroque Reason as Modernity’s Madness 12
Monads: A Harmonic Subjectivity for Technotextuality 21
Mise en Abyme: Mirrorish Dimensions Down to the Code 51
Trompe L’Oeil: Blending Media and Synesthetic Knowing 80
Minoring: Baroque Cosmology and Criticizing from Within 115
Collections and Navels: The Horror Vacui of the Database 146