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Of hologrammatology: The politics of virtual writing

Roe, Phillip Sanford (1998) Of hologrammatology: The politics of virtual writing. PhD thesis, Murdoch University.

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This thesis concerns, above all, the question of certain new technologies and how they are to be theorised. It takes to task the current literature on these technologies for their basic representationalist assumptions. Reflecting on those assumptions and the whole field of representationalism, the thesis offers some alternative formulations of such things as: the distinction between the analogue and the digitial, the virtual/actual opposition, the functions of projection, information and holography. In doing so, it turns not only to the scholarly literature in the field but also to the theories of Derrida, Deleuze and Heidegger as well as to such popular formations as cyberpunk fiction, Star Trek Voyager, and the electronic performance artist known as Stelarc. The upshot of these investigations is a re-thinking of new technologies precisely as writing and the political-ethical ramifications of re-thinking them in this way. As well as the conventional print form, the thesis is also presented on CD-ROM as a web site.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Division of Social Sciences, Humanities and Education
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Supervisor(s): McHoul, Alec
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