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Alephbet. Essays on Ghost Writing, Nutshells & Infinite Space

Author Darren Tofts
Publisher Univerzita Karlova v Praze, Filozofická fakulta
Release year 2013
ISBN 978-80-7308-479-0
Series Litteraria Pragensia Books
Pages 141
Current price 250 CZK
Price (Incl.VAT 10 %) 225 CZK
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Alephbet is a selection of essays on the uncanny prescience of the writer Jorge Luis Borges for the age of cyberspace and beyond. Darren Tofts explains how in the 1990s he turned his practice as a literary theorist towards media studies of the emergent internet and its remote time-spaces of interaction and presence at a distance. De rigueur at the time, the perception of similarities between the worlds of literature and cyberspace are here inflected with Borges's profound and inscrutable influence. Looking back to this convergence of one form of textual alchemy with another, Tofts is startled by those moments when Borges' fiction anticipated ways of understanding the ambience of the computer network, often creeping unknowingly into his writing to announce the otherzones of social media that we now take for granted.As Tofts observes in the Preface, in these selected essays Borges prompted, often unconsciously, ways of thinking on the specific non-Borges topic at hand. But he also fugitively crept into the text as direct reference to and quotes from his writing. Here Tofts proffers a new ABC prefigured in Borges, an alephbet capable of anticipating all things before they have been written.

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