What is and to What End Do We Read Digital Literature? Opening Words
Author(s): Simanowski, Roberto
Traditional literature dreamt of readers who are the heros of the text they read - and are killed while reading. Digital literature indeed bridges the gap between the world of the narrative and the world of the recipient. Here the reader can kill and being killed. This introduction to the US-German conference Reading Digital Literature talks about the differences between print and digital literature. It explains why digital literature is only digital if it is not only digital, why the code is not the text unless it is the text, to what extent a hermeneutics of digital signs requires a new methodological approach, and holds that "digital literacy" after all is still inevitably based on reading skills.
Simanowski, Roberto: What is and to What End Do We Read Digital Literature? Opening Words. In: Dichtung Digital. Journal für Kunst und Kultur digitaler Medien. Nr. 38, Jg. 10 (2008), Nr. 1, S. 1–9. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25969/mediarep/17709.
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