Computer-generated fiction in a literary lineage: Breaking the Hermeneutic contract
journal contributionposted on 12.06.2018, 13:25 by Leah Henrickson
This article examines the place of computer-generated literary texts within the boundaries of modern literary analysis. Any act of reading engages interpretive faculties; modern readers assume a text to embody human agency. With this assumption, readers assign authorial intention, and hence develop a perceived contract between the author and the reader. Yet computer-generated texts bring this contract into question. Drawing from historical examples of conceptual writing, this article shows how computer-generated texts call into question current conceptions of authorship and what it means to be a reader, but how they nevertheless fit within a longstanding literary lineage.
- The Arts, English and Drama
- English and Drama