Literatures in the Digital Age. Theory and Praxis

Critical Writing
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2007
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1847182917
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Nowadays minds tend to be nomad and bodies tend to have a
sedentary lifestyle. We may dare formulate another paradox: if orality
went together with nomadism, and writing with sedentarism, perhaps that
is the reason why e-writing is using orality as a model for communication.
In any case, we should be aware of metaphors we use.

Within the process of converting the digital medium to a privileged space
for information, communication and culture (in this sequence), we observe
that two of the greatest impacts on literature arising from technology have
been, in the first place, electronic editions for didactic and scientific
purposes, and, secondly, the advent of digital literature, that is, literary
works that have been created specially for the computer.

The editors, Amelia Sanz and Dolores Romero are both lecturers at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. Dr. Sanz has developed theoretical reflections on key concepts of twentieth century critical theory, such as intertextuality, systemic approaches, interculturality and hypertextuality. She is coordinator of the research group Literaturas Espanolas y Europeas del Texto al Hipertexto (LEETHI) and director of the E-learning Programme at the Faculty of Arts of the Complutense University of Madrid. Dolores Romero has published the following books: Orientaciones en Literatura Comparada (1998), Una relectura del fin de siglo en el marco de la Literatura Comparada (1998), Naciones literarias (2006) and Seis siglos de poesia espanola escrita por mujeres (2006). She is Chair of the Research Committee on Comparative Literature in the Digital Age (CLDA) of the International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA) and the Vice-president of the International Commission on UNESCO-EOLSS Comparative Literature in the Digital Age.

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