The Center and the Virtual: Re-Imaginings of English in the Digital Age and Technologies of Connection

By Rijuta Das.

Published by The International Journal of Literary Humanities

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This paper seeks to work through the Internet, an interesting maze of digital space which hosts the new public sphere, and explore the contribution of the English language and literature to charting this space. It will consider texts of Stephen Talbott’s "The Future does not Compute" and Owen Barfield’s "Saving the Appearances: A Study in Idolatry," as well as consider the theories of communication of Marshall Mcluhan and Harold Innis. It will also consider the phenomenon of social trending and posting using digital projects, like Twitter fiction festival and StoryLane, in order to grapple with the subject through interdisciplinary thought. The resulting work will then hope to answer the question of whether reconciliation is possible between the textual past of Eliot, Joyce, and Austen with the condensed world that English feeds into and from which it has created on the Internet. It also seeks to understand the implications of this relationship on a generation that forms its identity through this new connectivity.

Keywords: Digital, Humanities, Public Sphere

The International Journal of Literary Humanities, Volume 12, Issue 1, May 2014, pp.13-23. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 25, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 745.283KB)).

Rijuta Das

Research Scholar, Indian and World Literatures, The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

I am currently pursuing an inter-disciplinary study of Orhan Pamuk's novels. I have a background of postgraduate degree in English and I am interested in narrative and inter-disciplinary studies.