Radiant Textuality

Literature After the World Wide Web

  • Authors
  • Jerome McGann

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction Beginning Again: Humanities and Digital Culture, 1993–2000

  3. Hideous Progeny, Rough Beasts: 1993–1995

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Jerome McGann
      Pages 53-74
    3. Jerome McGann
      Pages 75-97
  4. Imagining What You Don’t Know: 1995–1999

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Jerome McGann
      Pages 137-160
  5. Quantum Poetics: 1999–2000

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 249-272

About this book


This book describes and explains the fundamental changes that are now taking place in the most traditional areas of humanities theory and method, scholarship and education. The changes flow from the re-examination of the very foundations of the humanities - its theories of textuality and communication - that are being forced by developments in information technology. A threshold was crossed during the last decade of the twentieth century with the emergence of the World Wide Web, which has (1) globalized access to computerized resources and information, and (2) made interface and computer graphics paramount concerns for work in digital culture. While these changes are well known, their consequences are not well understood, despite so much discussion by digital enthusiasts and digital doomsters alike. In reconsidering these matters, Radiant Textuality introduces some remarkable new proposals for integrating computerized tools into the central interpretative and critical activities of traditional humanities disciplines, and of literary studies in particular.


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