ESPEN AARSETH CYBERTEXT PDF

From computer games to hypertext fiction, Aarseth explores the aesthetics and textual dynamics of digital literature Can computer games be great literature? Do the rapidly evolving and culturally expanding genres of digital literature mean that the narrative mode of discourse—novels, films, television series—is losing its dominant position in our culture? Is it necessary to define a new aesthetics of cyborg textuality? In Cybertext , Espen Aarseth explores the aesthetics and textual dynamics of digital literature and its diverse genres, including hypertext fiction, computer games, computer-generated poetry and prose, and collaborative Internet texts such as MUDs. Instead of insisting on the uniqueness and newness of electronic writing and interactive fiction, however, Aarseth situates these literary forms within the tradition of "ergodic" literature—a term borrowed from physics to describe open, dynamic texts such as the I Ching or Apollinaire's calligrams, with which the reader must perform specific actions to generate a literary sequence. Constructing a theoretical model that describes how new electronic forms build on this tradition, Aarseth bridges the widely assumed divide between paper texts and electronic texts.

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Can computer games be great literature? Do the rapidly evolving and culturally expanding genres of digital literature mean that the narrative mode of discourse—novels, films, television series—is losing its dominant position in our culture?

Is it necessary to define a new aesthetics of cyborg textuality? In Cybertext , Espen Aarseth explores the aesthetics and textual dynamics of digital literature and its diverse genres, including hypertext fiction, computer games, computer-generated poetry and prose, and collaborative Internet texts such as MUDs.

Instead of insisting on the uniqueness and newness of electronic writing and interactive fiction, however, Aarseth situates these literary forms within the tradition of "ergodic" literature—a term borrowed from physics to describe open, dynamic texts such as the I Ching or Apollinaire's calligrams, with which the reader must perform specific actions to generate a literary sequence.

Constructing a theoretical model that describes how new electronic forms build on this tradition, Aarseth bridges the widely assumed divide between paper texts and electronic texts. He then uses the perspective of ergodic aesthetics to reexamine literary theories of narrative, semiotics, and rhetoric and to explore the implications of applying these theories to materials for which they were not intended.

A little bit dry, a little bit dated, and I wish it covered a broader range of material. Six-word review: Alternative textual structures explicated as literature. Extended review: "Choose Your Own Adventure" books came along when my children were young readers.

They reminded me of Espen J. Cybertext : Perspectives on Ergodic Literature. The Book and the Labyrinth 1Some Examples. Problems in Computer Semiotics 24Textuality. The Typology 62The Texts 65Analysis.

Intrigue and Discourse The End of Story? Problems of Automated Poetics. Multiuser Discourse. The Death and Politics of the Reader Democracy. References Index. What's the Matter with the Internet?

Ergodic Literature. Aarseth Literary theory.

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Cybertext is the organization of text in order to analyze the influence of the medium as an integral part of the literary dynamic, as defined by Espen Aarseth in Aarseth defined it as a type of ergodic literature where user traverses the text by doing non-trivial work. Cybertext was coined by speculative fiction poetry author Bruce Boston. It was the title of a book he published in , which contained science-fictional poetry. Cybertext is part of what scholars called as generational shifts involving literature on digital media.

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Can computer games be great literature? Do the rapidly evolving and culturally expanding genres of digital literature mean that the narrative mode of discourse—novels, films, television series—is losing its dominant position in our culture? Is it necessary to define a new aesthetics of cyborg textuality? In Cybertext , Espen Aarseth explores the aesthetics and textual dynamics of digital literature and its diverse genres, including hypertext fiction, computer games, computer-generated poetry and prose, and collaborative Internet texts such as MUDs.

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