Reading Writing Interfaces: From the Digital to the Bookbound

Critical Writing
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Abstract (in English): 

In Reading Writing Interfaces, Lori Emerson examines how interfaces—from today’s multitouch devices to yesterday’s desktops, from typewriters to Emily Dickinson’s self-bound fascicle volumes—mediate between writer and text as well as between writer and reader. Following the threads of experimental writing from the present into the past, she shows how writers have long tested and transgressed technological boundaries.

Table of Contents:


Chapter 1: Indistinguishable From Magic | Invisible Interfaces and Digital Literature as Demystifier

Chapter 2: From the Philosophy of the Open to the Ideology of the User-Friendly

Chapter 3: Typewriter Concrete Poetry and Activist Media Poetics

Chapter 4: The Fascicle as Process and Product

Chapter 5: Postscript | The Googlization of Literature

Works Cited

Pull Quotes: 

The iPad works because users can’t know how it works. 15

the user-friendly now takes the shape of keeping users steadfastly unaware and uninformed about how their computers, their reading/writing interfaces, work, let alone how they shape and determine their access to knowledge. 49


Critical writing referenced:

Titlesort descending Author Year
10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 Nick Montfort, Ian Bogost, Jeremy Douglass, Mark C. Marino, Michael Mateas, Mark Sample, Noah Vawter, Casey Reas, Patsy Baudoin, John Bell 2012
A Hacker Manifesto McKenzie Wark 2004
Art as Technique Viktor Shklovsky
Artificial Reality Myron Krueger 1983
Computer Lib: You can and must understand computers now / Dream Machines: New freedoms through computer screens—a minority report Theodor Holm Nelson 1974
Cybernetic Serendipity Margaret Masterman, Robin McKinnon-Wood 1968
Deep Time of the Media: Toward an Archaeology of Hearing and Seeing by Technical Means Siegfried Zielinski 2009
Heath, prelude to tracing the actor as network Danny Snelson 2010
Hypertext 2.0: The Convergence of Contemporary Critical Theory and Technology George P. Landow 1997
Intercultural medium literature digital Hyun-Joo Yoo 2005
Interface Culture Steven Berlin Johnson 2001
Interferences: [Net.Writing] and the Practice of Codework Rita Raley 2002
Intermediation: The Pursuit of a Vision N. Katherine Hayles 2007
Inventing the Medium: Principles of Interaction Design as a Cultural Practice Janet H. Murray 2012
Invisible Rendezvous: Connection and Collaboration in the New Landscape of Electronic Writing Rob Wittig 1994
Life on the Screen: Identity on the Internet Sherry Turkle 1995
Mindstorms: Children, Computers, and Powerful Ideas Seymour Papert 2020
Patterns of Hypertext Mark Bernstein 1998
Personal Dynamic Media Alan Kay, Adele Goldberg
Prehistoric Digital Poetry: An Archaeology of Forms, 1959-1995 Chris Funkhouser 2007

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