Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age

3.83 avg rating
( 288 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780231149907: Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age

Can techniques traditionally thought to be outside the scope of literature, including word processing, databasing, identity ciphering, and intensive programming, inspire the reinvention of writing? The Internet and the digital environment present writers with new challenges and opportunities to reconceive creativity, authorship, and their relationship to language. Confronted with an unprecedented amount of texts and language, writers have the opportunity to move beyond the creation of new texts and manage, parse, appropriate, and reconstruct those that already exist.

In addition to explaining his concept of uncreative writing, which is also the name of his popular course at the University of Pennsylvania, Goldsmith reads the work of writers who have taken up this challenge. Examining a wide range of texts and techniques, including the use of Google searches to create poetry, the appropriation of courtroom testimony, and the possibility of robo-poetics, Goldsmith joins this recent work to practices that date back to the early twentieth century. Writers and artists such as Walter Benjamin, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, and Andy Warhol embodied an ethos in which the construction or conception of a text was just as important as the resultant text itself. By extending this tradition into the digital realm, uncreative writing offers new ways of thinking about identity and the making of meaning.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Kenneth Goldsmith is the author of ten books of poetry and founding editor of the online archive UbuWeb (ubu.com). He is the coeditor of Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing and the editor of I'll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews, which was the basis for an opera, "Trans-Warhol," that premiered in Geneva in March of 2007. An hour-long documentary of his work, Sucking on Words, premiered at the British Library. He teaches writing at The University of Pennsylvania and is a senior editor of PennSound, an online poetry archive.

Review:

Brilliant and elegant insight into the exact relation of contemporary literary practices and broader cultural changes, explaining how the technologies of distributed digital media exemplified by the World Wide Web have made possible the flourishing of a particular type of literature. (Professor Craig Dworkin, author of The Consequence of Innovation: Twenty-First-Century Poetics)

What Goldsmith argues has significant implications for the world of poetry, poetics, and pedagogy. His book contains brilliant moments of exegesis and archival documentation, and its keen attention to, knowledge about, and currency in artistic practice makes it as much a user's manual as a scholar's tome. (Adalaide Morris, The University of Iowa)

In these witty, intelligent essays, Goldsmith brings his encyclopedic knowledge of radical artistic practice to bear on how the rise of the internet has irrevocably changed, or should irrevocably change, our existing conceptions of poetry. Goldsmith's practice as artist and critic is deeply interesting. His book is sure to generate lively debate among poets, artists, literary historians, and media theorists. (Sianne Ngai, University of California, Los Angeles)

Multimedia artist and executive manager of words, Goldsmith writes a provocative manifesto for writing in the digital era, with a treasure trove of ideas, techniques, and examples that allow us to make it new―again! (Marcus Boon, author of In Praise of Copying)

" a fascinating collection of essays " (Phi Beta Kappa)

Goldsmith achieves a very difficult feat with this book: he writes lucidly about complex and avant-garde ideas. As a result, he opens up a vital debate for anyone who cares about literature, between notions of traditional creative writing and the set of practices he labels "uncreative writing". (Douglas Cowie Times Higher Education)

Selected writers and their practices are reviewed in a series of accessible essays perfect for college-level writers. (Midwest Book Review)

Good. (James Franco, actor)

An invigoratingly different style of writing guide, that reveals how jump-starts to one's imagination can be achieved through what seems (at first glance) to be the unlikeliest of means. (Library Bookwatch)

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Goldsmith, Kenneth
ISBN 10: 0231149905 ISBN 13: 9780231149907
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
GreatBookPrices
(Columbia, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 11898913-n

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 82.91
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.64
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Kenneth Goldsmith
Published by Columbia University Press (2011)
ISBN 10: 0231149905 ISBN 13: 9780231149907
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Columbia University Press, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0231149905

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 102.25
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Kenneth Goldsmith
Published by Columbia University Press, United States (2011)
ISBN 10: 0231149905 ISBN 13: 9780231149907
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Columbia University Press, United States, 2011. Hardback. Book Condition: New. New.. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. Can techniques traditionally thought to be outside the scope of literature, including word processing, databasing, identity ciphering, and intensive programming, inspire the reinvention of writing? The Internet and the digital environment present writers with new challenges and opportunities to reconceive creativity, authorship, and their relationship to language. Confronted with an unprecedented amount of texts and language, writers have the opportunity to move beyond the creation of new texts and manage, parse, appropriate, and reconstruct those that already exist. In addition to explaining his concept of uncreative writing, which is also the name of his popular course at the University of Pennsylvania, Goldsmith reads the work of writers who have taken up this challenge. Examining a wide range of texts and techniques, including the use of Google searches to create poetry, the appropriation of courtroom testimony, and the possibility of robo-poetics, Goldsmith joins this recent work to practices that date back to the early twentieth century. Writers and artists such as Walter Benjamin, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, and Andy Warhol embodied an ethos in which the construction or conception of a text was just as important as the resultant text itself. By extending this tradition into the digital realm, uncreative writing offers new ways of thinking about identity and the making of meaning. Bookseller Inventory # BTE9780231149907

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 118.04
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Kenneth Goldsmith
Published by Columbia University Press (2011)
ISBN 10: 0231149905 ISBN 13: 9780231149907
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Columbia University Press, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0231149905

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 119.63
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Kenneth Goldsmith
ISBN 10: 0231149905 ISBN 13: 9780231149907
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
AussieBookSeller
(SILVERWATER, NSW, Australia)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Hardcover. Can the techniques we traditionally think to be outside the scope of literature, such as word processing, databasing, appropriation, identity ciphering, collaboration, and int.Shipping may be from our Sydney, NSW warehouse or from our UK or US warehouse, depending on stock availability. 272 pages. 0.454. Bookseller Inventory # 9780231149907

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 103.04
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 37.00
From Australia to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Goldsmith, Kenneth
Published by Columbia Univ Pr (2011)
ISBN 10: 0231149905 ISBN 13: 9780231149907
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Columbia Univ Pr, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 256 pages. 9.84x5.91x0.59 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 0231149905

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 137.70
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.91
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds