Chance Operations and Randomizers in Avant-garde and Electronic Poetry: Tying Media to Language

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Jonathan Baillehache

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This article explores and compares the use of chance procedures and randomizers in Dada, Surrealism, Russian Futurism, and contemporary electronic poetry. I analyze the role of materiality of media in creating unexpected literary outcomes through a discussion of Freud’s concept of the uncanny and Katherine Hayles’s concept of computation as symptom.

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Crossed Codes: Print's Dream of the Digital Age, Digital's Memory of the Age of Print, Curated by Marta Werner