New Book: Archival Fictions
From Paul Benzon: I have a new book out that might interest some members of this list — see below and the attached file for more information, including a 30% discount code.
Happy New Year to all!
“Archival Fictions is the book many of us working at the intersections of media and literature have been anticipating. It is the long-necessary reappraisal of Archive Fever, one which goes far beyond Derrida’s tentative probes about email and word processing.”
—Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, author of Track Changes
Technological innovation has long threatened the printed book, but ultimately, most digital alternatives to the codex have been onscreen replications. While a range of critics have debated the benefits and dangers of this media technology, contemporary and avant-garde writers have offered more nuanced considerations.
Taking up works from Andy Warhol, Kevin Young, Don DeLillo, and Hari Kunzru, Archival Fictions considers how these writers have constructed a speculative history of media technology through formal experimentation. Paul Benzon argues that literary form provides a vital means for critical engagement with the larger contours of media history. Drawing on approaches from media poetics, film studies, and the digital humanities, this interdisciplinary study demonstrates how authors who engage technology through form continue to imagine new roles for print literature.
PAUL BENZON is assistant professor of English at Skidmore College.