The Baroque Technotext (Book)

Literature in a Digital Mediascape

An analysis of 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. Analyses of other authors are investigated alongside other media that have adopted baroque aesthetic tropes including digital media, film, visual art and interface design.

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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. The Baroque Technotext opens new perspectives on this important and innovative literary canon, analysing 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, The Baroque Technotext 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.

 

Introduction: An Anamorphic Projection of the Title 

Reconciling Literary Study with Materiality 

Technotexts as a Focus 

Technotexts Beyond Modernism 

Baroque as the Other Focus 

Baroque Reason as Modernity’s Madness 

Prologue 

Choice 

Monads: A Harmonic Subjectivity for Technotextuality 

Mirrors 

Mise en Abyme: Mirrorish Dimensions Down to the Code 

Illusion 

Trompe L’Oeil: Blending Media and Synesthetic Knowing 

Surface 

Minoring: Baroque Cosmology and Criticizing from Within 

Code 

Collections and Navels: The Horror Vacui of the Database 

Coda 

References 

Index 

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