Kenneth goldsmith uncreative writing

Please try again later. Can techniques traditionally thought to be outside the scope of literature, including word processing, databasing, identity ciphering, and intensive programming, inspire the reinvention of writing? Thanks for telling us about the problem. What do the results of this odd manipulation imply? No one wants to read Soliloquy , a text composed of pages of every word Goldsmith spoke for a week, and yet Goldsmith is for some reason saying these sort of exercises are worthwhile, worth at least thinking about if not reading.

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Far reaching -- with tie ins to contemporary art. In a weird way, I wanted to take Benjamin off the pedestal and on to the coffee table. To make his point, Goldsmith has two basic strategies: Does the manipulation mean anything? Feb 22, Sarah rated it liked it.

Refresh and try again. Feb 10, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Shelves: Confronted with an unprecedented amount of texts and language, writers have the opportunity to move beyond the creation of new texts and manage, parse, appropriate, and reconstruct those that already exist.

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: There are those who will doubtless balk at offering the work this sort of critical attention, yet the number of positive reviews it has received in mainstream publications suggests to me that ignoring it is futile. He teaches writing at The University of Pennsylvania and is a senior editor of PennSound, an online poetry archive.

Stagnant air filled the birdy tubes of his bones and the inert hollows of his breast. Douglas Cowie Times Higher Education Selected writers and their practices are reviewed in a series of accessible essays perfect for college-level writers.

Uncreative Writing

Why bother with originality? Nevertheless, his ideas are challenging and he provokes new ways of thinking about reality that is all around us. Thanks for telling us about the problem. What we take to be graphics, sounds and motion in our screen world is merely a thin skin under which resides miles and miles of language He gives academics an alibi for doing nothing.

A great read for any creative person, regardless of your field. Previous page of related Sponsored Products. He had an American visa, but the asylum he hoped to gain from the Spanish authorities was denied. There are controversial things to discuss and also to try with composition classes as well as creative writing. Sponsored Products are advertisements for products sold by merchants on Amazon. Certainly his examples succeed in opening up and making transparent eriting notions of textuality that we take for granted.

If you want to persuade me of these things, you will need very good arguments for it. That we still call eriting "cutting and pasting" should signal its not-newness.

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Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age

He teaches writing at The University of Pennsylvania and is a senior editor of PennSound, an online poetry archive. Specifically, Goldsmith argues that literary arts might benefit from copying and manipulating prose in the same way that visual and music artists have for quite some time.

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Uncreative Writing - Managing Language in the Digital Age | Columbia University Press

Can you read can you rea—see that back there? Rather, he imagines that copying and reappropriation would get literature out of a rut of sorts, as well as lend itself to the types of information management projects that our digital skill sets demand. Covers ideas and theory in a captivating and readable way, without being overburdened with indecipherable language that seems the status quo of books on the same subject matter. We are at the mercy of all this accumulating language; its mass exerts an undeniable pull on the way we live, work, and create.

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