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The Resource The cruft of fiction : mega-novels and the science of paying attention, David Letzler

The cruft of fiction : mega-novels and the science of paying attention, David Letzler

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The cruft of fiction : mega-novels and the science of paying attention
Title
The cruft of fiction
Title remainder
mega-novels and the science of paying attention
Statement of responsibility
David Letzler
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
What is the strange appeal of big books? The mega-novel, a genre of erudite tomes with encyclopedic scope, has attracted wildly varied responses, from fanatical devotion to trenchant criticism. Looking at intimidating mega-novel masterpieces from The Making of Americans to 2666, David Letzler explores reader responses to all the seemingly random, irrelevant, pointless, and derailing elements that comprise these mega-novels, elements that he labels "cruft" after the computer science term for junk code. Letzler suggests that these books are useful tools to help us understand the relationship between reading and attention. While mega-novel text is often intricately meaningful or experimental, sometimes it is just excessive and pointless. On the other hand, mega-novels also contain text that, though appearing to be cruft, turns out to be quite important. Letzler posits that this cruft requires readers to develop a sophisticated method of attentional modulation, allowing one to subtly distinguish between text requiring focused attention and text that must be skimmed or even skipped to avoid processing failures. "The Cruft of Fiction" shows how the attentional maturation prompted by reading mega-novels can help manage the information overload that increasingly characterizes contemporary life
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Letzler, David
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Frontiers of narrative
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  • Fiction
  • Reading, Psychology of
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES
  • REFERENCE
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Fiction
  • Reading, Psychology of
Label
The cruft of fiction : mega-novels and the science of paying attention, David Letzler
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Publication
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Information and Attention in the Mega- Novel; 1. The Dictionary; 2. The Encyclopedia; 3. Life- Writing; 4. The Menippean Satire; 5. Episodic Narrative; 6. The Epic and the Allegory; Conclusion: The Fate of the Mega-Novel; Source Acknowledgments; Notes; Bibliography; Index
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ocn984342727
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unknown
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1 online resource
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781496201669
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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JSTOR
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22573/ctt1pb01dp
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not applicable
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unknown
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Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)984342727
Label
The cruft of fiction : mega-novels and the science of paying attention, David Letzler
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Information and Attention in the Mega- Novel; 1. The Dictionary; 2. The Encyclopedia; 3. Life- Writing; 4. The Menippean Satire; 5. Episodic Narrative; 6. The Epic and the Allegory; Conclusion: The Fate of the Mega-Novel; Source Acknowledgments; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Control code
ocn984342727
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781496201669
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt1pb01dp
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)984342727

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