Taking My Time: Anxiety of Narrative and Temporality in Steve Tomasula’s TOC and VAS

Document type: Conference Presentations
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Maria Engberg
Title: Taking My Time: Anxiety of Narrative and Temporality in Steve Tomasula’s TOC and VAS
Conference name: Narrative
Year: 2011
Publisher: A.S.A.P.: The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Planning and Media Design (Sektionen för planering och mediedesign)
School of Planning and Media Design S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.bth.se/dsn/
Authors e-mail: maria.engberg@bth.se
Language: English
Abstract: Authors such as Steve Tomasula simultaneously respond to a long tradition of word-and-image combinations in literature and engage with radically new possibilities for re-imagining the function of the visual in written and oral texts. Tomasula’s TOC and VAS condition readers to a “polyaesthetics,” a multifaceted reading of multimodal texts that demands new theorization of the reader’s sense of proprioception (true or imagined) and spatio-temporality as navigational device propelling experience. The paper defines “polyaesthetics” in relation to Tomasula’s two narratives and its implications for the larger field of digital literatures.
Subject: The Humanities\English
Keywords: digital literature, digital media, experimental literature, interfaces
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