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Ambient Literature

Towards a New Poetics of Situated Writing and Reading Practices

Editors: Abba, Tom, Dovey, Jonathan, Pullinger, Kate (Eds.)

  • Argues for the potentiality of a new literary form produced by the exchange between location aware cultural objects, writers and readers  
    Lays the ground for a new poetics of situated writing and reading practices 
    Draws on literary studies, creative writing, design, human-computer interaction, performance and new media studies 
    Argues that specific attention to the literary is absent in conventional accounts of digital cultures 

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About this book

This book considers how a combination of place-based writing and location responsive technologies produce new kinds of literary experiences. Developing the work we did during the Ambient Literature Project (2016-2018), we argue that these encounters constitute new literary forms in which the authored text lies at the heart of an embodied and mediated experience. The visual, sonic, social and historic resources of place become the elements of a live and emergent mise-en-scène. Specific techniques of narration, including hallucination, memory, history, place based writing, and drama, as well as reworking of traditional storytelling forms combine with the work of app and user experience design, interaction, software authoring, and GIS (geographical information systems) to produce ambient experiences where the user reads a textual and sonic literary space. These experiences are temporary, ambiguous, and unpredictable in their meaning but, unlike the theatre, the gallery, or the cinema they take place in the everyday shared world. Our book explores the potentiality of a new literary form produced by the exchange between location-aware cultural objects, writers and readers. This book, and the work it explores, lays the ground for a new poetics of situated writing and reading practices.

About the authors

Jon Dovey is Professor of Screen Media at the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries, and Education at UWE Bristol, UK.  Jon works across theory and practice and researches technology and cultural form.  

Tom Abba is a writer and designer working with the form of digital and physical books. He is Associate Professor of Art & Design at UWE Bristol, UK, a member of UWE’s Digital Cultures Research Centre.

Kate Pullinger is Professor of Creative Writing and Digital Media at Bath Spa University, UK, and the Director of the Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries. Her novel Forest Green will be published in 2020.

Buy this book

eBook  
  • ISBN 978-3-030-41456-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover ca. £79.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • Due: October 5, 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-030-41455-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ambient Literature
Book Subtitle
Towards a New Poetics of Situated Writing and Reading Practices
Editors
  • Tom Abba
  • Jonathan Dovey
  • Kate Pullinger
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-41456-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-41455-9
Edition Number
1
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