Writing Machines


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Kate Hayles reads with real attention and attention to the real, attending to electronic literature and hybrid verbal/visual forms with an eye to the materiality and mediality at their heart. -- Michael Joyce, Vassar College Katherine Hayles' Writing Machines is a major addition to the scholarship on hypertext and, in general, on the relation of technology to literature. As this volume so clearly demonstrates, Hayles is a subtle reader of texts, a knowledgeable critic of new technology, and a fine theorist of culture. The combination here results in an outstanding piece of writing. I am certain readers of Writing Machines will place it near the top of their list of books on hypertext. -- Mark Poster, University of California, Irvine In the age of the immaterial, Writing Machines compellingly argues that all forms of literature are inescapably material. Through Burdick's melding of graphic evidence and Hayles' weaving of critical and biographical perspectives, Writing Machines deftly embodies its subject while disrupting our expectations about academic publishing. -- Andrew Blauvelt, Design Director, Walker Art Center

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N. Katherine Hayles is Professor of English and Design/Media Arts at the University of California at Los Angeles.


Hayles's book is one of the most exciting examples of technological anti-determinism I have ever read.—Jan Baetens , Image [&] Narrative

N. Katherine Hayle's Writing Machines is a beautiful little book.—Davin Heckman, Reconstruction.ws

Without a doubt, Writing Machines is an important book...—Dene Grigar, Leonardo Digital Reviews

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