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Networked uniqueness: The provocations of Being or Nothingness
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
2019 (English)In: Orbis Litterarum, ISSN 0105-7510, E-ISSN 1600-0730, Vol. 74, no 4, p. 237-250Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This essay focuses on one of the most intriguing literary puzzles today, an anonymously published volume Being or Nothingness. Multiplying puzzles and provoking speculative searches for answers, this spoof on Sartre's seminal philosophical text (if this is what it is), I argue, insists on its unique qualities as a bound physical object while simultaneously "unbounding" itself through resolute participation in a variety of networks. Ultimately, I propose, it can be seen as an exemplary specimen of what N. Katherine Hayles has dubbed the "postprint era." Importantly, although in many ways a sui generis book, Being or Nothingness is like other, less baffling, fiction books that through elaborate design forge an oxymoronic "unique copy"; intensifying artifice, they tease with the promise of an auratic experience.

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WILEY , 2019. Vol. 74, no 4, p. 237-250
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Keywords, auratic experience, Being or Nothingness, postprint era"unique copy"
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-390490DOI: 10.1111/oli.12225ISI: 000475814000001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-390490DiVA, id: diva2:1341929
Available from: 2019-08-12 Created: 2019-08-12 Last updated: 2019-08-12Bibliographically approved

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