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“Post-Digital Literary Studies”: Florian Cramer

“…this observation in turn calls for a critical examination of the degree to which “digital humanities” and “digital literary studies” still play a role in such an outdated narrative of progress; a narrative which increasingly documents a gap between a broader culture on one hand, and on the other hand the world of policy makers and institutional funding bodies which still clings to a 1990s/2000s “new media” belief in economic growth through development of digital technologies…

To summarize: binary juxtapositions of “digital” vs. “analog” (however technically accurate these terms may or may not be) as “new” and “old” media have become problematic if not outdated. Instead, this dichotomy has been superseded by many complex relationships and mutual dependencies between digital, analog, “new”, “old” and in-between forms of production and distribution. In some areas such as music, graphic design and contemporary art, this new post-digital condition is widely acknowledged. The traditional boundaries between media design and graphic design, electronic and non-electronic music, contemporary art and new media art are rapidly collapsing. Terms such as “Post-Internet” and “post-digital” can be used to describe this new situation.In the case of media studies, this yields the question as to whether it is useful to continue pursuing such sub-disciplines as “new media studies” and “software studies”. Conversely, literary studies, as a more established and therefore more conservative discipline, is confronted with the problem that it is difficult to phase out the concept of “new media” when most scholars still live in an old media world.”

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Source: Post-Digital Literary Studies | Cramer | MATLIT: Revista do Programa de Doutoramento em Materialidades da Literatura