A Panel at the 1998 Convention of the
Northeast Modern Language Association
Organizer and Chair:
matthew g. kirschenbaum
department of english
university of virginia
post- A LphabetiC teXts and texTualit ies
"radical artifice beyond
This panel will provide a forum for recent work on post-alphabetic texts and textuality. First employed in hypertext theory, the term "post-alphabetic" denotes the conspicuous display of the visual elements of written language. If it is a critical commonplace that mass culture is becoming increasingly image-oriented, then how is our thinking about texts and textuality affected by this shift?
Although post-alphabetic textuality traces a lineage to dadaist and futurist typographies, William Morris's fine-printing, Blake's illuminated books, and the medieval Book of Kells, the focus of this panel will be on contemporary or recent writing and artifacts.
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