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The Future of Literature: Complex Surfaces of Electronic Texts and Print Books

N. Katherine Hayles

in A Time for the Humanities

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780823229192
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235063 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823229192.003.0012
The Future of Literature: Complex Surfaces of Electronic Texts and Print Books

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This chapter dares to imagine an emerging future of literature by exploring how print media are being transformed through their interaction with electronic media. The dynamic media ecology within which the engagement of writings with digitality occurs is transformative. It argues that multiple data flows stimulate a new mode of cognitive engagement termed as hyperattention. The hyperattention has begun to transform the experience and possibilities of print.

Keywords: literature; electronic texts; print books; print media; electronic media; hyperattention

Chapter.  11768 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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