The Gravity of the Leaf: Phenomenologies of Literary Inscription in Media-Constituted Diegetic Worlds

Critical Writing
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John Cayley reports on writing and the practice of literary art in the immersive 3D audio-visual environment of the Cave at Brown University, addressing the use of text-as-surface in a three-dimensional space. He develops a conception of new media as “complex surfaces” based on Cave writing courses to confront the relationship between language and embodiment, language and materiality—always attempting to develop a specific literary aesthetics.

(Source: Beyond the Screen, introduction by Jörgen Schäfer and Peter Gendolla)

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Title Author Year
lens John Cayley 2006

Teaching Resource using this Critical Writing:

Resource Teaching Resource Type Author Yearsort descending
Electronic Literature (DIKULT 203, Fall 2011) Syllabus Davin Heckman 2011
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