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My mother was a computer : digital subjects and literary texts

Author: Katherine Hayles
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2005.
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We live in a world, according to N. Katherine Hayles, where new languages are constantly emerging, proliferating, and fading into obsolescence. These are languages of our own making: the programming languages written in code for the intelligent machines we call computers. Hayles's latest exploration provides an exciting new way of understanding the relations between code and language and considers how their  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Hayles, N. Katherine.
My mother was a computer.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2005
(DLC) 2005006276
(OCoLC)58456358
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Katherine Hayles
ISBN: 9780226321493 0226321495
OCLC Number: 659564155
Description: 1 online resource (x, 290 pages)
Contents: Prologue: computing kin --
Part I. Making: language and code. Intermediation: textuality and the regime of computation ; Speech, writing, code: three worldviews ; The dream of information: escape and constraint in the bodies of three fictions --
Part II. Storing: print and etext. Translating media ; Performative code and figurative language: Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon ; Flickering connectivities in Shelley Jackson's Patchwork girl --
Part III. Transmitting: analog and digital. (Un)masking the agent: Stanislaw Lem's "The mask" ; Simulating narratives: what virtual creatures can teach us ; Subjective cosmology and the regime of computation: intermediation in Greg Egan's fiction --
Epilogue: recursion and emergence.
Responsibility: N. Katherine Hayles.
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We live in a world, according to N. Katherine Hayles, where new languages are constantly emerging, proliferating, and fading into obsolescence. These are languages of our own making: the programming languages written in code for the intelligent machines we call computers. Hayles's latest exploration provides an exciting new way of understanding the relations between code and language and considers how their interactions have affected creative, technological, and artistic practices. My Mother Was a Computer explores how the impact of code on everyday life has become comparable to that of speech.

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