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. Works by Jonathan Safran Foer, Chris Ware and David Clark are investigated alongside other authors and media such as digital media, film, visual art and interface design.
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
Monads: A Harmonic Subjectivity for Technotextuality
Mise en Abyme: Mirrorish Dimensions Down to the Code
Trompe L’Oeil: Blending Media and Synesthetic Knowing
Minoring: Baroque Cosmology and Criticizing from Within
Collections and Navels: The Horror Vacui of the Database