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Povaha písma, jeho meze a nosiče : Výpisky a poznámky k historickým aspektům mediální dimenze psaní a literární komunikace


Glanc, Tomáš (2015). Povaha písma, jeho meze a nosiče : Výpisky a poznámky k historickým aspektům mediální dimenze psaní a literární komunikace. Česká literatura, (6):835-859.

Abstract

This article examines literature from the standpoint of mediality, defining medium as an act, i.e. “an apparatus brought into operation”. A new sensitivity towards the media dimension of literary communication, bolstered by new technologies, applies to typeface and writing itself, the media of the work and communication — the treatment of the work as a physical phenomenon. The media dimension of writing is not just conceived as a phenomenon bound to digital data or the internet, but as an age-old element in the treatment of texts and associated both with the meanings of texts and the authority mediated by texts. From these standpoints samizdat also appears to be a noteworthy phenomenon which creates a particular materiality for writing, along with various forms of experimental treatment of typeface, writing and text. One productive tool here appears to be Aarseth’s ergodicity, a term applied to an attribute of a work that involves or creates rules on which its non-linear “usage” is based. On the basis of a number of specific cases it is shown what media-“staged” and variously produced (cf. Kittler) text might be like, and what uncertainties apply to it. From this standpoint avant-garde experiments confront questions raised by theologians, mystics and glossolalia theorists.

This article examines literature from the standpoint of mediality, defining medium as an act, i.e. “an apparatus brought into operation”. A new sensitivity towards the media dimension of literary communication, bolstered by new technologies, applies to typeface and writing itself, the media of the work and communication — the treatment of the work as a physical phenomenon. The media dimension of writing is not just conceived as a phenomenon bound to digital data or the internet, but as an age-old element in the treatment of texts and associated both with the meanings of texts and the authority mediated by texts. From these standpoints samizdat also appears to be a noteworthy phenomenon which creates a particular materiality for writing, along with various forms of experimental treatment of typeface, writing and text. One productive tool here appears to be Aarseth’s ergodicity, a term applied to an attribute of a work that involves or creates rules on which its non-linear “usage” is based. On the basis of a number of specific cases it is shown what media-“staged” and variously produced (cf. Kittler) text might be like, and what uncertainties apply to it. From this standpoint avant-garde experiments confront questions raised by theologians, mystics and glossolalia theorists.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Slavonic Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
410 Linguistics
Language:Czech
Date:2015
Deposited On:01 Mar 2016 17:16
Last Modified:12 Jul 2016 08:24
Publisher:Ustav pro Ceskou Literaturu AV CR
ISSN:0009-0468
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-123193

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