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Matthew Gary Kirschenbaum
University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)
Understanding Electronic Texts and Digital Inscription

A book-length study of electronic text and other forms of digital inscription. While the project is critical and theoretical in nature, it differs from previous considerations of the subject in both its level of technological detail (which is considerable) and in its emphasis on material and historical tools for understanding electronic textuality. The book's point of departure is William Gibson's famously self-erasing electronic poem "Agrippa" (1992) and its afterlife on the Internet of today. Mechanisms takes seriously the notion that a proper account of digital inscription is impossible absent recognition of a text’s status as data, object, and code as it is transmitted across multiple platforms, systems, and software environments.

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Project fields:
Literary Criticism

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

$24,000 (approved)
$24,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2005 – 6/30/2005