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Comparative Textual MediaTransforming the Humanities in the Postprint Era$
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N. Katherine Hayles and Jessica Pressman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680030

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680030.001.0001

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Readingexquisite_code: Critical Code Studies of Literature

Readingexquisite_code: Critical Code Studies of Literature

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(p.283) 12 Readingexquisite_code: Critical Code Studies of Literature
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Comparative Textual Media
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Mark C. Marino

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816680030.003.0012

This chapter illustrates what it would mean to read a digital literary text not primarily for its content but rather for traces of its underlying generative code. Taking as his tutor text a collaborative writing project that seven writers/programmers produced “live” for five days in a London gallery, Marion explains the elaborate mix of algorithmic procedures, random functions and Markov chain generators that subjected what the writers wrote to interventions that both transformed and mixed with their content to become the output text for the project.

Keywords:   media specificity, media materiality, media framework, practice-based research, recursivity, media theory, curricula reform

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