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    DescriptionCan computer games be great literature? Do the rapidly evolving and culturally expanding genres of digital literature mean that the narrative mode of discourse-novels, films, television series-is losing its dominant position in our culture? Is it necessary to define a new aesthetics of cyborg textuality? In Cybertext, Espen Aarseth explores the aesthetics and textual dynamics of digital literature and its diverse genres, including hypertext fiction, computer games, computer-generated poetry and prose, and collaborative Internet texts such as MUDs. Instead of insisting on the uniqueness and newness of electronic writing and interactive fiction, however, Aarseth situates these literary forms within the tradition of "ergodic" literature-a term borrowed from physics to describe open, dynamic texts such as the I Ching or Apollinaire's calligrams, with which the reader must perform specific actions to generate a literary sequence. Constructing a theoretical model that describes how new electronic forms build on this tradition, Aarseth bridges the widely assumed divide between paper texts and electronic texts. He then uses the perspective of ergodic aesthetics to reexamine literary theories of narrative, semiotics, and rhetoric and to explore the implications of applying these theories to materials for which they were not intended.

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    Perspectives on Ergodic Literature
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Espen J. Aarseth
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 216
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 213 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 159 g
    ISBN 13: 9780801855795
    ISBN 10: 0801855799

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25710
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    DC21: 809
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: DSB, U
    B&T General Subject: 480
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    Libri: I-LC
    BISAC V2.8: LAN009000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 01
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A22182000
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    DC22: 802.85
    LC classification: P302.5.A18
    DC22: 802/.85
    LC classification: P302.5 .A18 1997
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    Thema V1.0: U, DSB
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    21 b&w illus.
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    Publication date
    11 September 1997
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore, MD
    Author Information
    Espen J. Aarseth is associate professor in the Department of Humanistic Informatics, University of Bergen, Norway.
    Review quote
    A book that critics and researchers in the field cannot easily ignore. Svenska Dagbladet