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Reading Network Fiction by David Ciccoricco
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This is an in-depth history and analysis of hyperlinked fiction. The marriage of narrative and the computer dates back to the 1980s, with the hypertext experiments of luminaries such as Judy Malloy and Michael Joyce. What has been variously called ""hypertext fiction,"" ""literary hypertext,"" and ""hyperfiction"" has surely surrendered any claim to newness in the 21st century. David Ciccoricco establishes the category of ""network fiction"" as distinguishable from other forms of hypertext and cybertext: network fictions are narrative texts in digitally networked environments that make use of hypertext technology in order to create emergent and recombinant narratives. Though they both pre-date and post-date the World Wide Web, they share an aesthetic drive that exploits the networking potential of digital composition and foregrounds notions of narrative recurrence and return. Ciccoricco analyzes innovative developments in network fiction from first-generation writers Michael Joyce (""Twilight, A Symphony"", 1997) and Stuart Moulthrop (""Victory Garden"", 1991) through Judd Morrissey's ""The Jew's Daughter"" (2000), an acclaimed example of digital literature on the Web. Each investigation demonstrates not only what the digital environment might mean for narrative theory but also the ability of network fictions to sustain a mode of reading that might be called ""literary."" The movement in the arts away from representation and toward simulation, away from the dynamics of reading and interpretation and toward the dynamics of interaction and play, has indeed led to exaggerated or alarmist claims of the endangerment of the literary arts. At the same time, some have simply doubted that the conceptual and discursive intricacy of print fiction can migrate to new media. Against these claims, ""Reading Network Fiction"" attests to the verbal complexity and conceptual depth of a body of writing created for the surface of the screen.

Author Biography

David Ciccoricco teaches at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Release date Australia
February 15th, 2008
Country of Publication
United States
5 illustrations
The University of Alabama Press
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