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In this study, Christian Vandendorpe examines how digital media and the Internet have changed the process of reading and writing, significantly altering our approaches toward research and reading, our assumptions about audience and response, and our theories of memory, legibility, and context. Reflecting on the full history of the written word, Vandendorpe provides a clear overview of how materiality makes a difference in the creation and interpretation of texts. Looking to the future, reading and writing will continue to evolve based on the current, contested trends of universal digitization and accessibility.
About the Author
Christian Vandendorpe is professor of lettres françaises at the University of Ottawa. His publications include Les défis de la publication sur le web: hyperlectures, cybertextes et méta-éditions and other works. Phyllis Aronoff and Howard Scott live and translate in Montreal, Quebec.