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Hardcover | Out of Print | 438 pp. | 7 x 9 in | 92 illus. | June 2006 | ISBN: 9780262134637
Paperback | $27.95 Trade | £22.95 | 438 pp. | 7 x 9 in | 92 illus. | September 2009 | ISBN: 9780262513388
eBook | $19.95 Trade | September 2009 | ISBN: 9780262336666
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New Media Poetics

Contexts, Technotexts, and Theories
Edited by Thomas Swiss


New media poetry—poetry composed, disseminated, and read on computers—exists in various configurations, from electronic documents that can be navigated and/or rearranged by their "users" to kinetic, visual, and sound materials through online journals and archives like UbuWeb, PennSound, and the Electronic Poetry Center. Unlike mainstream print poetry, which assumes a bounded, coherent, and self-conscious speaker, new media poetry assumes a synergy between human beings and intelligent machines. The essays and artist statements in this volume explore this synergy's continuities and breaks with past poetic practices, and its profound implications for the future.

By adding new media poetry to the study of hypertext narrative, interactive fiction, computer games, and other digital art forms, New Media Poetics extends our understanding of the computer as an expressive medium, showcases works that are visually arresting, aurally charged, and dynamic, and traces the lineage of new media poetry through print and sound poetics, procedural writing, gestural abstraction and conceptual art, and activist communities formed by emergent poetics.

Contributors: Giselle Beiguelman, John Cayley, Alan Filreis, Loss Pequeño Glazier, Alan Golding, Kenneth Goldsmith, N. Katherine Hayles, Cynthia Lawson, Jennifer Ley, Talan Memmott, Adalaide Morris, Carrie Noland, Marjorie Perloff, William Poundstone, Martin Spinelli, Stephanie Strickland, Brian Kim Stefans, Barrett Watten, Darren Wershler-Henry

About the Editor

Thomas Swiss is Professor of English and Rhetoric of Inquiry at the University of Iowa.


“A fine introduction to the topic, while the questions it raises make it a necessary text for advanced scholars as well.”—Sandy Baldwin, American Book Review