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Aesthetic AnimismDigital Poetry's Ontological Implications$
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David Jhave Johnston

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034517

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034517.001.0001

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Aesthetic Animism

David Jhave Johnston

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For literary theorists, critics, students, and philosophically inclined readers: this chapter provides an overview of theories about language that leads toward a notion of spoems (poetic objects), outlines a brief history of image-texts, attempts a symbiotic merger between two historically distinct ways (materiality and ontologies) of considering poetry, and contains central arguments about aesthetic animism. These concern the plausibility of living language as an outcome of the convergence of literature and computation, the volumetric possibility that archetypal letterforms relate to internal physiognomy, and discourse on how these archetypal forms might be attained in ways that are both synesthetic and synergetic.

Keywords:   Materiality, Animism, Aesthetics, image-text, media forensics, textuality, digital poetics, electronic literature

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