Abstract

Preface to Radiant Textuality: Literary Studies After the World Wide Web

Jerome McGann's Radiant Textuality is his most recent scholarly speculation regarding the connection between technology and text. This short excerpt introducing McGann's new book argues for the importance of foregrounding what is specifically literary history in discussions of new digital technologies. His preface declares in clear language the relevance of literary history in the Information Age, arguing that "scholarship devoted to aesthetic materials has never been more needed than at this historical moment."