Plain text : the poetics of computation / Dennis Tenen
- Tenen, Dennis
- Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 
- Physical Description:
- x, 268 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
- Computational poetics : an introduction -- Metaphor machines -- Laying bare the device : the modernist roots of computation -- Form, formula, format -- Recondite surfaces -- Literature down to a pixel -- Conclusion : human grounds for computation.
- This book challenges the ways we read, write, store, and retrieve information in the digital age. Computers-from electronic books to smart phones-play an active role in our social lives. Our technological choices thus entail theoretical and political commitments. Dennis Tenen takes up today's strange enmeshing of humans, texts, and machines to argue that our most ingrained intuitions about texts are profoundly alienated from the physical contexts of their intellectual production. Drawing on a range of primary sources from both literary theory and software engineering, he makes a case for a more transparent practice of human-computer interaction. Plain Text is thus a rallying call, a frame of mind as much as a file format. It reminds us, ultimately, that our devices also encode specific modes of governance and control that must remain available to interpretation.
- 9781503601802 hardcover ; alkaline paper
1503601803 hardcover ; alkaline paper
9781503602281 paperback ; alkaline paper
1503602281 paperback ; alkaline paper
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-258) and index.
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