The Resource The Gutenberg elegies : the fate of reading in an electronic age, Sven Birkerts

The Gutenberg elegies : the fate of reading in an electronic age, Sven Birkerts

Label
The Gutenberg elegies : the fate of reading in an electronic age
Title
The Gutenberg elegies
Title remainder
the fate of reading in an electronic age
Statement of responsibility
Sven Birkerts
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • In The Gutenberg Elegies, nationally renowned critic Sven Birkerts powerfully argues that we are living in a state of intellectual emergency - an emergency caused by our willingness to embrace new technologies at the expense of the printed word. As we rush to get "on line," as we make the transition from book to screen, says Birkerts, we are turning against some of the core premises of humanism - indeed, we are putting the idea of individualism itself under threat. The printed page and the circuit driven information technologies are not kindred - for Birkerts they represent fundamentally opposed forces. In their inevitable confrontation our deepest values will be tested
  • Birkerts begins his exploration from the reader's perspective, first in several highly personal accounts of his own passion for the book, then in a suite of essays that examines what he calls "the ulterior life of reading." Against this, Birkerts sets out the contours of the transformed landscape. In his highly provocative essay "Into the Electronic Millennium" and in meditations on CD-ROM, hypertext, and audio books, he plumbs the impact of emerging technologies on the once stable reader-writer exchange. He follows these with a look at the changing climate of criticism and literary practice. He concludes with a blistering indictment of what he sees as our willingness to strike a Faustian pact with a seductive devil
Cataloging source
DLC
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Birkerts, Sven
Dewey number
028
Index
no index present
LC call number
Z1003
LC item number
.B57 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Books and reading
  • Authors and readers
  • Livres et lecture
  • Écrivains et lecteurs
  • Lezen
Label
The Gutenberg elegies : the fate of reading in an electronic age, Sven Birkerts
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Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 231)
Contents
Mah VuhHuhPuh -- The paper Chase: An Autobiographical Fragment -- The Owl Has Flown -- The Women in the Garden -- Paging the Self: Privacies of Reading -- The Shadow Life of Reading -- From the Window of a Train -- Into the Electronic Millennium -- Perseus Unbound -- Close Listening -- Hypertext: Of Mouse and Man -- The Western Gulf -- The Death of Literature -- The Narrowing Ledge -- Coda: The Faustian Pact -- Chief Material
Extent
1 online resource (x, 231 pages)
Form of item
online
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1035099272
Label
The Gutenberg elegies : the fate of reading in an electronic age, Sven Birkerts
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 231)
Contents
Mah VuhHuhPuh -- The paper Chase: An Autobiographical Fragment -- The Owl Has Flown -- The Women in the Garden -- Paging the Self: Privacies of Reading -- The Shadow Life of Reading -- From the Window of a Train -- Into the Electronic Millennium -- Perseus Unbound -- Close Listening -- Hypertext: Of Mouse and Man -- The Western Gulf -- The Death of Literature -- The Narrowing Ledge -- Coda: The Faustian Pact -- Chief Material
Extent
1 online resource (x, 231 pages)
Form of item
online
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1035099272

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