Playful Intelligence: Digitizing Tradition
This is a guide, in theory and in practice, to how current technological changes have impacted our interaction with texts and with each other.
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||25 September 2014 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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||By Sussman, Henry
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||Technology and civilization, Literature and technology, COMPUTERS / Programming / Games, PHILOSOPHY / Criticism
Description of this Book
This is a guide, in theory and in practice, to how current technological changes have impacted our interaction with texts and with each other. Henry Sussman rereads pivotal moments in literary, philosophical and cultural modernity as anticipating the cybernetic discourse that has increasingly defined theory since the computer revolution. Cognitive science, psychoanalysis and systems theory are paralleled to current trends in literary and philosophical theory.Chapters alternate between theory and readings of literary texts, resulting in a broad but rigorously grounded framework for the relation between literature and computer science. This book is a refreshing perspective on the analog-orientated tradition of theory in the humanities - and offers the first literary-textual genealogy of the digital.
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||If by a general and unexamined consensus 'digitallity' has become our age's reigning theme and metaphor, it takes a literary theorist and polymath of mythic proportions to do justice to the complexity and wealth of that metaphor, and to the real relations between fields of knowledge and productivity that animate it. Henry Sussman rises to the task with a book that is as breathtaking in its scope as it is trenchant in its insights. From cybernetics to literature to philosophy and back again, Sussman's ignition of his inexhaustible erudition with a promethean spark of creativity powers a riveting and relentless interrogation of intelligence, a notion that engulfs those of us in the academic domain so closely that it seldom occurs to ask ourselves what, exactly, it is, how its conceptualization affects us, and how we came to think of it the way we do today. William Egginton, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, Vice Dean for Graduate Education, The Johns Hopkins University, USA.
Henry Sussman is Visiting Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Yale University, USA.