In approaching Rewiring the Real, I find myself unusually sensitive to a number of very different contexts within which I might provide a critical reading of the book. The consequent self-consciousness and discursive uncertainty are prompted by the book itself. The address of Mark C. Taylor's essay is unclear. Is it, chiefly, literary criticism? secular theology? philosophy? a critical history of communication technologies? a manifesto of artistic practice? For the immediately present context—here in Novel—I am concerned to address Taylor's book as his reading of four important prose works by four important, well-established writers. Rewiring the Real does, clearly, support my concern. Four of five more or less equally substantial chapters are devoted to four novels: Gaddis's The Recognitions, Powers's Ploughing the Dark, Danielewski's House of Leaves, and DeLillo's Underworld. But I am given to understand,...
Humus . . . Human . . . Humus
john cayley is professor of literary arts at Brown University. He both makes and writes on digital art, particularly in the domain of poetry and poetics. Recent and ongoing projects include How It Is in Common Tongues, a part of The Readers Project with Daniel C. Howe, imposition with Giles Perring, riverIsland, and what we will . . .
John Cayley; Humus . . . Human . . . Humus. Novel 1 November 2015; 48 (3): 465–468. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00295132-3150397
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