Beyond Codexspace: Potentialities of Literary Cybertext

Critical Writing
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30.2 (166-183)
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Abstract (in English): 

First written and published in 1996, the unrevised form of this essay now comes across, in
certain respects, as ancient history – a function of the notorious acceleration of cultural and
media development since the explosive growth of the Web after 1994. And yet, it chiefly
describes a productive engagement with writing in programmable and, latterly, networked
media which dates back, in my own case, to the late 1970s, an all-too-human, rather than
silicon-enhanced, historical context.

(Source: Author's Introduction)

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My cybertextual compositions are literary. They are designed to be published on computer-controlled systems linked to their now familiar peripherals. First and foremost, these pieces are designed to be visually scanned on screen, silently read and interacted with through keyboard and pointing device. They subscribe to the notion of written language as a distinct, quasi-independent system of signification and meaning-creation. Its relationship to spoken language is structured but indeterminate as to detail, and is subject to continual contestation, depending on the nature and function of the language being created. (107)

Publishers referenced:

Title Location
Eastgate Systems, Inc.
Eastgate Systems, Inc.
134 Main Street
02472 Watertown , MA
United States
Massachusetts US

Events referenced:

Titlesort descending Date Location
Digital Arts and Culture 1999 Conference 28.10.1999
Georgia Tech University Atlanta , GA
United States
Georgia US
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Alvaro Seica