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Electronic Word: Democracy, Technology, and the Arts

by Richard A. Lanham University of Chicago Press
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The personal computer has revolutionized communication, and digitized text has introduced a radically new medium of expression. Interactive, volatile, mixing word and image, the electronic word challenges our assumptions about the shape of culture itself.This highly acclaimed collection of Richard Lanham's witty, provocative, and engaging essays surveys the effects of electronic text on the arts and letters. Lanham explores how electronic text fulfills the expressive agenda of twentieth-century visual art and music, revolutionizes the curriculum, democratizes the instruments of art, and poses anew the cultural accountability of humanism itself. Persuading us with uncommon grace and power that the move from book to screen gives cause for optimism, not despair, Lanham proclaims that ''electronic expression has come not to destroy the Western arts but to fulfill them.'' The Electronic Word is also available as a Chicago Expanded Book for your Macintosh®. This hypertext edition allows readers to move freely through the text, marking ''pages,'' annotating passages, searching words and phrases, and immediately accessing annotations, which have been enhanced for this edition. In a special prefatory essay, Lanham introduces the features of this electronic edition and gives a vividly applied critique of this dynamic new edition.

PrefaceAcknowledgments1: The Electronic Word: Literary Study and the Digital Revolution2: Digital Rhetoric and the Digital Arts3: Twenty Years After: Digital Decorum and Bi-stable Allusions4: The Extraordinary Convergence: Democracy, Technology, Theory, and the University Curriculum5: Electronic Textbooks and University Structures6: Strange Lands, Strange Languages, and Useful Miracles7: The "Q" Question8: Elegies for the Book9: Operating Systems, Attention Structures, and the Edge of Chaos10: Conversation with a CurmudgeonIndex

Richard A. Lanham is professor emeritus of English at UCLA and President of Rhetorica, Inc. He has written ten books, including ''A Handlist of Rhetorical Terms'' and ''Literacy and the Survival of Humanism.''