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Digital ModernismMaking It New in New Media$
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Jessica Pressman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199937080

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199937080.001.0001

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SUPER-POSITION AND SIMULTANEITY in Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries’s Dakota and Ezra Pound’s Cantos

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Digital Modernism

Jessica Pressman

Oxford University Press

Digital writers Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries claim that their work of Flash-based digital literature, Dakota, is “based on a close reading of Ezra Pound’s Cantos part I and part II.” The chapter close reads the digital work in relation to its proclaimed source material despite the fact that the speed at which Dakota flashes challenges efforts to do so. YHCHI brilliantly adapt Pound’s poetry at the level of content and form. For not only do YHCHI remix the language of the first cantos but they also use Flash to renovate Pound’s poetic technique of “super-position” or textual montage. This chapter examines the transformation of Pound’s formal technique into Flash to show how the poetic result illuminates connections between the modernist and digital modernist texts as well as the literary periods they represent.

Keywords:   Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries, Ezra Pound, close reading, The Cantos, super-position, digital literature, modernism, speed reading, Flash

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