The Computational Sublime in Nick Montfort's ‘Round’ and ‘All the Names of God’

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2015
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348–365
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1.3
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2056-4406
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2056-4414
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Abstract (in English): 

What if the post-literary also meant that which operates in a literary space (almost) devoid of
language as we know it: for instance, a space in which language simply frames the literary or
poetic rather than ‘containing’ it? What if the countertextual also meant the (en)countering of
literary text with non-textual elements, such as mathematical concepts, or with texts that we
would not normally think of as literary, such as computer code? This article addresses these
issues in relation to Nick Montfort’s #!, a 2014 print collection of poems that presents readers with the output of computer programs as well as the programs themselves, which are designed to operate on principles of text generation regulated by specific constraints. More specifically, it focuses on two works in the collection, ‘Round’ and ‘All the Names of God’, which are read in relation to the notions of the ‘computational sublime’ and the ‘event’.

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