Re: [-empyre-] Writing Culture

Hayles made a complete difference in where I went with my work in digital story.

I had been feeling chagrined about digital storytelling and hyperfiction until I read Writing Machines. It was just the panacea I needed. After that, I began scrambling for anything I could find by Hayles.

The Glassner text, Interactive Storytelling, is a great primer.

I could go on and on. Such is what happens when one acknowledges the mind's associative processes. Or, to put it differently: when one connects Goldsworthy, Arbus, Fluxus, Surrealism, documentary photography, art history, Welty, John O'Hara, Dickens and New Media theory ;-)

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Subject: [-empyre-] Writing Culture

N. Katherine Hayles has had a series of excellent books that have been very influential for me. She also talks extensively about pattern in How We Became Post Human.

Hayles also is a bridge builder when it comes to art/science (whole mind) issues...


The Cosmic Web: Scientific Field Models and Literary Strategies in
the Twentieth Century (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1984).

Chaos Bound: Orderly Disorder in Contemporary Literature and
Science (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1990).  Translated into
Spanish as La Evolucion del Caos: El Orden dentro del desorden en
las ciencias contemporaneas (Barcelona: Gedisa, 1993).

Chaos and Order: Complex Dynamics in Literature and Science.
(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991).
An essay collection edited by Hayles.
Technocriticism and Hypernarrative. A special issue of Modern Fiction
Studies 43, no. 3 (Fall 1997) guest-edited by Hayles, with introduction
and article.

How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics ,Literature
and Informatics (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999.) Winner of Rene
Wellek Prize for Best Book in Literary Theory for 1998-1999, American Comparative
Literature Association. Winner of the Eaton Award for the Best Book in Science Fiction
Theory and Criticism, 1998-99. Named as one of the best 25 books of 1999 by
Village Voice.

Literature for Posthumans, Mediawork Pamphlet Series, MIT Press.
             Anticipated completion, December 2001.

Coding the Signifier: Rethinking Semiosis from the Telegraph to the Computer. Under contract to the University of Chicago Press. Anticipated completion
December 2002.
Professor Bill Seaman, Ph.D.
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Digital+ Media Department (Graduate Division)
Rhode Island School of Design
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