Intimations of (Im)materiality: Text as Code in the Electronic Environment

Johanna Drucker

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Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780226165073
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226165097 | DOI:
Intimations of (Im)materiality: Text as Code in the Electronic Environment

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This chapter discusses the notion of materiality in relation to the use of text as code in the digital environment. It argues that the debates about the nature of materiality with respect to writing in digital formats are often premised on false binaries that print artifacts are considered material and electronic formats immaterial. This chapter suggests that we should not limit ourselves to a literal reading of materiality but consider instead a probabilistic approach to materiality in textual and visual studies.

Keywords: materiality; text; digital environment; print artifacts; digital formats; probabilistic approach; false binaries; visual studies

Chapter.  8339 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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