What We Talk About When We Talk About (Ambient Literature) Context

Michael Marcinkowski

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This chapter brings perspectives developed in the field of contextual and ubiquitous computing into contact with Rita Felski's application of Actor-Network Theory in literary studies in order to develop a conceptual approach to the question of context in works of ambient literature. For works of ambient literature, as they bring together the context created by the text of the work with the context given by the situation of the reader, they come to instantiate a third, hybrid context within which the experience of the work comes to be. Through a consideration of James Attlee's The Cartographer's Confession, a perspective on the nature of context in ambient literature is developed.
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Title of host publicationAmbient Literature: Towards a New Poetics of Situated Writing and Reading Practices
EditorsTom Abba, Jonathan Dovey, Kate Pullinger
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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