Materiality, Form, and Media History in Contemporary Literature
Published by: University of Massachusetts Press
Taking up works from Andy Warhol, Kevin Young, Don DeLillo, and Hari Kunzru, Archival Fictions considers how these writers have constructed a speculative history of media technology through formal experimentation. Although media technologies have determined the extent of what can be written, recorded, and remembered in the immediate aftermath of print's hegemony, Paul Benzon argues that literary form provides a vital means for critical engagement with the larger contours of media history. Drawing on approaches from media poetics, film studies, and the digital humanities, this interdisciplinary study demonstrates how authors who engage technology through form continue to imagine new roles for print literature across the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.
"Archival Fictions is the book many of us working at the intersections of media and literature have been anticipating. It is the long-necessary reappraisal of Archive Fever, one which goes far beyond Derrida's tentative probes about email and word processing."—Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, author of Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing
“[A]mong Archival Fictions's strengths is its ability to link an eclectic array of objects that truly no other study could meaningfully gather.”—Richard HughesGibson, American Literary History