Visible and Invisible Books: Hermetic Images in n ‐Dimensional Space

Visible and Invisible Books: Hermetic Images in n ‐Dimensional Space Jerome McGann To see a world in a grain of sand And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand And eternity in an hour. William Blake, Auguries of Innocence Or if it indeed be so, that this other Space is really Thoughtland, then take me to that blessed region where I in Thought shall see the insides of all solid things.... In that blessed region of Four Dimensions, shall we linger on the threshold of the Fifth, and not enter therein? Ah, no! Let us rather resolve that our ambition shall soar with our corporal ascent. (E. A. Abbott, Flatland. A Romance of Many Dimensions) All the news organs have picked up the story: `After five centuries of virtually uncontested sway, the Book seems to be facing a serious threat to its power. Informed sources report a large computerized force continues its sweep through traditional centers of bookish institutional control. Resistance has been fierce in certain quarters, and vast areas remain wholly under Book authority. Spokesmen from both sides describe the situation as volatile. According to militia leader Sven Birkerts ...' That kind of report shapes much of the public discussion http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Literary and Linguistic Computing Oxford University Press

Visible and Invisible Books: Hermetic Images in n ‐Dimensional Space

Literary and Linguistic Computing, Volume 17 (1) – Apr 1, 2002

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Oxford University Press
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Copyright Association for Literary & Linguistic Computing 2002
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0268-1145
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1477-4615
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10.1093/llc/17.1.61
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Jerome McGann To see a world in a grain of sand And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand And eternity in an hour. William Blake, Auguries of Innocence Or if it indeed be so, that this other Space is really Thoughtland, then take me to that blessed region where I in Thought shall see the insides of all solid things.... In that blessed region of Four Dimensions, shall we linger on the threshold of the Fifth, and not enter therein? Ah, no! Let us rather resolve that our ambition shall soar with our corporal ascent. (E. A. Abbott, Flatland. A Romance of Many Dimensions) All the news organs have picked up the story: `After five centuries of virtually uncontested sway, the Book seems to be facing a serious threat to its power. Informed sources report a large computerized force continues its sweep through traditional centers of bookish institutional control. Resistance has been fierce in certain quarters, and vast areas remain wholly under Book authority. Spokesmen from both sides describe the situation as volatile. According to militia leader Sven Birkerts ...' That kind of report shapes much of the public discussion

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Published: Apr 1, 2002

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