Writing Technologies

About Writing Technologies

Writing Technologies is an online peer-reviewed journal which publishes research on the relationship between technology and textuality. It focuses on the place of technology in both established and emerging fiction, assesses recent critical and theoretical debates about writing’s technological locations, and explores the forms of literary innovation that are made possible by new modes of articulation.

We encourage submissions which explore any connection between literature, culture and technology. For information about submitting to Writing Technologies, click here.

Subjects and issues for consideration might include:

New media and digital writing (including hypertext writing, multimedia writing, weblogs and computer games) perhaps most recognizably embody the textual opportunities and transformations that technology enables. Research into the full impact of these developing technologies remains embryonic, and Writing Technologies will include essays which engage with and interrogate emerging digital textualities. While it will offer a forum for research into new media technologies, this journal is especially interested in work which considers the wider contexts and other histories of writing’s technological locations.

New technologies of textual reproduction are restructuring literary history, transforming interpretation and even transfiguring the literary object itself. Digital archives, literary databases, internet search engines, discussion boards, open source software, weblogs and virtual learning environments are allowing alternative modes of access to literature, creating new reading communities and initiating different interpretative practices. Writing Technologies welcomes essays which explore the impact of these (and other) modes of reproduction on the disciplinary shape and scope of literary studies.

This journal seeks essays which examine the various ways in which literary texts engage thematically with technology. Science fiction and cyberpunk will certainly provide Writing Technologies’ contributors with material for consideration, but it will also seek to publish articles on other narrative engagements with technology. We are particularly interested in publishing work on the technological dimensions of early- and pre-twentieth century literature.

Writing Technologies seeks to publish work on the recent theoretical interrogation of:

  • modernity, postmodernity
  • history, memory, archives
  • colonialism, postcoloniality, globalization, transnationalism, cosmopolitanism, the digital divide
  • gender, sexuality, cyberfeminism, the body
  • materiality, virtuality, simulation,
  • subjectivity, consciousness, the machinic, the posthuman
  • futurity, utopias, dystopias
  • language, information, communication
  • ethics, politics, democracy, resistance, community, networks.

We welcome research that explores particular theorists’ engagements with technology and textuality, including such established figures in literary, critical and cultural theory as Theodor Adorno, Benedict Anderson, Jean Baudrillard, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Jacques Derrida, Jürgen Habermas, Donna Haraway, Fredric Jameson and Marshall McCluhan. We are especially keen to receive essays on theorists who are increasingly at the centre of debates about technology and culture, including Manuel Castells, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, Friedrich Kittler, Bruno Latour, Brian Massumi, Sherry Turkle, Paul Virilio and Slavoj Žižek.

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