The Body Encoded: Questions of Gender and the Electronic Text

Julia Flanders

in Electronic Text

Published in print December 1997 | ISBN: 9780198236634
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679315 | DOI:
The Body Encoded: Questions of Gender and the Electronic Text

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Electronic texts are implicated with peculiar force in this notion of the virtual, because the understanding of textuality originates in the same philosophical crux as the ideas of physicality and representation. The electronic text's lack of, or freedom from, a body is a crucial focus for the anxieties and hopes which attach to the new medium. Elegists and enthusiasts alike focus on their assessment of the political and cultural influence of the electronic text on its virtuality. The politics of the traditional text and its production have always had a great deal to do with gender, though not always in an obvious manner. In order to understand the deep-rooted implication of gender in textual beliefs and practices, this chapter takes a brief excursus into the history which has produced the notion of the ‘traditional text’.

Keywords: electronic text; textuality; physicality; representation; virtuality; gender; traditional text

Chapter.  8352 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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