My Mother Was a Computer
Digital Subjects and Literary Texts New edition
By (author) N. Katherine Hayles
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My Mother Was a Computer by N. Katherine Hayles
Book DescriptionWe live in a world, according to N Katherine Hayles, where new languages are constantly emerging, proliferating, and fading into obsolescence. These are languages of our own making: the programming languages written in code for the intelligent machines we call computers. Hayles' latest exploration provides an exciting new way of understanding the relations between code and language and considers how their interactions have affected creative, technological, and artistic practices. "My Mother Was a Computer" explores how the impact of code on everyday life has become comparable to that of speech and writing: as language and code have grown more entangled, the lines that once separated humans from machines, analog from digital, and old technologies from new ones have become blurred. "My Mother Was a Computer" gives us the tools necessary to make sense of these complex relationships. Hayles argues that we live in an age of intermediation that challenges our ideas about language, subjectivity, literary objects, and textuality. This process of intermediation takes place where digital media interact with cultural practices associated with older media, and here Hayles sharply portrays such interactions: how code differs from speech; how electronic text differs from print; the effects of digital media on the idea of the self; the effects of digitality on printed books; our conceptions of computers as living beings; the possibility that human consciousness itself might be computational; and the subjective cosmology wherein humans see the universe through the lens of their own digital age. We are the children of computers in more than one sense, and no critic has done more than N Katherine Hayles to explain how these technologies define our culture and us. Heady and provocative, "My Mother Was a Computer" will be judged as her best work yet.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226321486
(229mm x 174mm x 21mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 18-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author N. Katherine Hayles
Transmedia Frictions, Hardback (July 2014)
Presents a collection of essays on the continuing debates over medium specificity and the politics of the digital arts. This book stages debates across essays, creating dialogues that give different narrative accounts of what is historically and ideologically at stake in medium specificity and digital politics.
How We Think, Paperback (May 2012)
How do we think? The author poses this question at the beginning of this bracing exploration of the idea that we think through, with, and alongside media. She examines the evolution of the field from the traditional humanities and how the digital humanities are changing academic scholarship, research, teaching, and publication.
Between Science and Literature, Paperback (October 2005)
Introduces the fundamentals of cultural and literary theory. This title constructs an alternate framework in which complex, self-organizing processes occur at various scales, cutting across traditional divisions between words and things, culture and nature.
Nanoculture, Paperback (January 2004)» View all books by N. Katherine Hayles
"Nano" denotes a billionth; a nanometer is a billionth of a meter. New instrumentation and techniques have for the first time made possible materials research and engineering at this level, the scale of individual molecules and atoms.
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Author Biography - N. Katherine Hayles
N. Katherine Hayles is the John Charles Hillis Professor of Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of three books, including How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics, and the editor of Chaos and Order: Complex Dynamics in Literature and Science, both published by the University of Chicago Press.
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