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Prehistoric Digital Poetry: An Archaeology of Forms, 1959-1995
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of Alabama Pr
Publication date June 24, 2007
Pages 349
Binding Paperback
Edition 2
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780817354220
ISBN-10 0817354220
Dimensions 1 by 6 by 8.75 in.
Weight 1.35 lbs.
Original list price $39.95
Other format details university press
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A singular and major historical view of the birth of electronic poetry.

 

For the last five decades, poets have had a vibrant relationship with computers and digital technology. This book is a documentary study and analytic history of digital poetry that highlights its major practitioners and the ways that they have used technology to foster a new aesthetic. Focusing primarily on programs and experiments produced before the emergence of the World Wide Web in the mid-1990s, C. T. Funkhouser analyzes numerous landmark works of digital poetry to illustrate that the foundations of today’s most advanced works are rooted in the rudimentary generative, visual, and interlinked productions of the genre’s prehistoric period.

 

Since 1959, computers have been used to produce several types of poetic output, including randomly generated writings, graphical works (static, animated, and video formats), and hypertext and hypermedia. Funkhouser demonstrates how hardware, programming, and software have been used to compose a range of new digital poetic forms. Several dozen historical examples, drawn from all of the predominant approaches to digital poetry, are discussed, highlighting the transformational and multi-faceted aspects of poetic composition now available to authors. This account
includes many works, in English and other languages, which have never before been presented in an English-language publication.

 

In exploring pioneering works of digital poetry, Funkhouser demonstrates how technological constraints that would seemingly limit the aesthetics of poetry have instead extended and enriched poetic discourse. As a history of early digital poetry and a record of an era that has passed, this study aspires both to influence poets working today and to highlight what the future of digital poetry may hold.

 

 



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2 edition from Univ of Alabama Pr (June 24, 2007)
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2 edition from Univ of Alabama Pr (June 24, 2007)
9780817354220 | details & prices | 349 pages | 6.00 × 8.75 × 1.00 in. | 1.35 lbs | List price $39.95
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