Benn Michaels

February 4, 2010 at 9:43 am (Digital Lit)

One of the questions that arose for me while I was reading the introduction to Benn Michael’s book is the question of where is the line between the work of art and the work of literature. At some point this divide is a false divide, it is one that we impose upon the work itself. However, particularly when considering digital poetry, the line seems to be blurred. When a work of poetry consists solely of pictures how do we know it is a work of art. One important thing that I think Benn Michaels picked up on that hasn’t been present in our previous discussion of this issue is the fact that if you blur the line you can then use art historical theorists as well as literary theorists. Fried’s “Art and Objecthood” seems like it would be useful not only in the context that Benn Michaels uses it in (notice his “art historical” examples in that chapter, but also to discuss works of poetry.

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