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Novel (2022) 55 (3): 406–426.
Published: 01 November 2022
... illuminated the continuity between Coetzee's ongoing critique of instrumental reason and his direct engagement with the worldview that David Golumbia calls “computationalism”—the Enlightenment belief that intellect is “identical with abstract computation” ( Golumbia 7 ). While Coetzee's oeuvre has...
Novel (2010) 43 (1): 169–175.
Published: 01 May 2010
...William B. Warner It seems quite likely that the emergence of the public post in the late seventeenth century had as profound an effect upon the media culture of the eighteenth century as the emergence of the networked computer has had in our own day. The post is a public system, through which you...
Novel (2017) 50 (2): 157–175.
Published: 01 August 2017
...Seb Franklin This essay takes the diagrammatic formulations of trauma and networks that are both presented and critiqued in Tom McCarthy's 2005 novel Remainder as the occasion to sketch some elements of a methodology for critical analysis in the age of computational thinking. By locating...
Novel (2010) 43 (3): 424–442.
Published: 01 November 2010
... of “inputs” and “outputs” to national, economic, or political systems) in the 1930s. Handily demonstrated by Phillips's economic computer, a machine built to literally embody Britain's economy, Keynesian thought in particular is invested in quantifying and containing the nation's components. I contend...
Novel (2021) 54 (2): 315–320.
Published: 01 August 2021
...John Cayley As this human read Eve's monograph more or less linearly, and as Eve presaged the “archival” interpretation of his penultimate chapter in the midst of a more computationally formal first chapter devoted to Cloud Atlas textual scholarship, this human began to speculate...
Novel (2012) 45 (3): 515–518.
Published: 01 November 2012
... complete sections of that in-progress novel under the title Juneteenth, but those sections represented only a fragment of the thousands of pages Ellison had written. In 2010, Callahan and Adam Bradley approached the sprawling archive of typewritten drafts and computer files again, this time taking...
Novel (2004) 37 (1-2): 201–204.
Published: 01 August 2004
...; if built, it would have been the first digital computer. Babbage and his prescient invention appear throughout Dickens in Cyberspace, most notably in the analysis of William Gibson and Bruce Sterling's The Difference Engine (1991) (in which Babbage's proto-computer is called by the morr...
Novel (2011) 44 (1): 149–152.
Published: 01 May 2011
... insights are truly wonderful. Take, for instance, his extended discussion of neither a book nor a movie but a philoso- phy paper, Turing’s “Computing Machinery and Intelligence” from the 1950 issue of the philosophy journal Mind. I choose this example because Schantz’s contributions to the read...
Novel (2015) 48 (3): 469–473.
Published: 01 November 2015
... Modernism considers how the conditions of electronic literature predate the computer, there is a neat logic to the study's conclusion, which reads Mark Z. Danielewski's print novel Only Revolutions as an embodiment of the interpenetration—formal, conceptual, aesthetic—of print literature and the digital...
Novel (2022) 55 (3): 547–565.
Published: 01 November 2022
... of prevented reading, in unremitting contrast to the indulgences of computer code, emerges an archaeological history of human writing. This includes a species-deep instinct for narrative, with a steady evolutionary build-up of representational modes toward the algorithmic script of audiovisual simulation. Only...
Novel (2016) 49 (3): 519–522.
Published: 01 November 2016
... argues for a double dynamic between the novel and epic, consisting of “ making the novel epic and making the epic novelistic ” (12). A similar fixation on the literary emerges in the almost complete absence of any reference to information technologies, such as databases, computational media...
Novel (2018) 51 (1): 132–135.
Published: 01 May 2018
... with the relationship between computers and power, particularly state power during the Cold War. Some scholars tend to emphasize the importance of the military, for instance by pointing out how research funds flowed from the military to the university (at MIT, famously, but the examples are numerous); often...
Novel (2012) 45 (2): 184–201.
Published: 01 August 2012
... in brain imaging technologies and computational power have made it possible to reopen this “black box”; as cognitive scientists have begun to com- bine computational-functionalist models of the mind with phenomenological approaches, consciousness has returned as a legitimate topic for scientific...
Novel (2019) 52 (3): 406–424.
Published: 01 November 2019
... corporate system, GE could achieve greater stability. After success with GE, Forrester's team developed computer simulators that could model the dynamic relationships of other complex organizations, including the city of Boston and even the world. Following an invitation from the Club of Rome, Forrester...
Novel (2016) 49 (1): 179–182.
Published: 01 May 2016
..., showing how literature's value within universities came to depend upon a discontinuous notion of history; the penultimate chapter identifies the crumbling of this infrastructure under the anxieties of postmodernism, as personal cultivation and collective memory begin to lose their cache. Computational...
Novel (2020) 53 (1): 119–123.
Published: 01 May 2020
... are nowhere to be found in this theory of choice. In short, microeconomics' individuals are little more than what one of my economics professors often blithely called “utility computers.” Moreover, as that computer metaphor suggests, there is also very little of what Elliott terms “extreme embodiment...
Novel (2013) 46 (1): 169–174.
Published: 01 May 2013
... texts. The writer in Coetzee drew him to stylistics, and with his background in computer science and mathematics, he experimented with quantitative methods in the study of style. He had already toyed with using a computer to write poetry, exploring sense making via the random generation...
Novel (2017) 50 (3): 452–464.
Published: 01 November 2017
... on—that must be maintained or else we no longer have a novel. N. Katherine Hayles has proposed that we consider “ electronic literature ” to encompass works that meet the criteria of “a first-generation digital object created on a computer and (usually) meant to be read on a computer” ( Electronic 3...
Novel (2001) 35 (1): 136–138.
Published: 01 May 2001
..., television, music, litera- ture, and computer technology-that have contributed to and at times challenged the global authority of the United States" (ix); this reinforces the sense of the continuity of Rowe's critical writing over the last twenty years, the way he has expanded outward from a tex...
Novel (2014) 47 (3): 443–459.
Published: 01 November 2014
... in to a radio show in New York City, thinking that the computer intelligence featured on the show, ‘‘Zookeeper is the reincarnation of his cult’s leader. The English-speaking DJ cannot understand Quasar’s Japanese, a fact that underscores another form of missed connection. The episode that closes...