In this talk Piper discusses what it means to move beyond the book as the primary interface for reading in an electronic environment. What can the networked representation of texts tell us about language, narrative, and textuality? Exploring a host of new work that uses computational network analysis to study the history of literature, Piper emphasizes the way reading topologically changes our understanding of three primary analytical categories: the scale at which we read; the contingency or constructedness of what we read; and the co-constitutive nature of text and context, the sense of entanglement that accompanies networked thought.
Presented as part of Histories and Futures of the Book lecture series.
A reception, sponsored by the UW Germanics Department, will follow.