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- Bloomsbury Academic USA
- Herzogenrath, Bernd (ed.), Pisters, Patricia (ed.)
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- 222 x 146 x 25 mm
- 436 g
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Work in Progress
Curatorial Labor in Twenty-First-Century American Fiction
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A cutting-edge reflection on what happens when new media become routine and novelty turns into convention. Work in Progress charts new ground, exploring phenomena that are very much in the process of unfolding. Moving elegantly and effortlessly from media theory to hermeneutics and back again, Rieke Jordan brings her knowledge to bear on a wide range of diverse media forms and formats. Her case studies zoom in on pop music, a graphic novel and a computer game, but the overall scope and claim of her informed and delightfully readable study is much wider - a bold and original intervention into the present. * Ruth Mayer, Professor of American Studies, Leibniz University of Hanover, Germany * Smart, witty, and original. Rieke Jordan's Work in Progress is a thoroughly engaging study of offline art in an online world. Anyone interested in retro mediality, digital nostalgia, and the presentness of the present will want to read this book. * Frank Kelleter, John F. Kennedy Institute of North American Studies, Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany * Part media archeology, part reader-response criticism, part history of the present, part sociological diagnosis of our time, Work in Progress tells the story of three wondrous media objects that, together, raise ludic and far-reaching questions about today's popular and media culture. In her deft and fine-grained case studies, Rieke Jordan focuses not only on these objects themselves, but also and especially on the creative labor that they demand of their recipients-and on the curious position of the reader-as-curator which they conjointly endorse, and which Jordan reads as a symptom of our digital, late-capitalist contemporaneity. * Laura Bieger, Chair of American Studies, Political Culture & Theory, University of Groningen, The Netherlands *
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Rieke Jordan is Assistant Professor at the Department of English and American Studies at Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany.
Acknowledgements Preface: When the internet Dropped Its Capital I Chapter 1: Work in Progress, Curatorial Labor Chapter 2: A Tale of Two Buildings: Chris Ware's Building Stories Chapter 3: The Broken Record: Beck Hansen's Song Reader Chapter 4: Kentucky Route Zero's Netherworld of Slowness Coda: What's the Matter, Media? Bibliography Index