Material matters in digital representation : tree of codes as aliterature of disembodiment

Lai-Tze FAN

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)


In a digital era of representation, where screen content is abstracted from material objects/apparatuses, how do we still associate “text” and “book” with materiality? This essay analyzes Jonathan Safran Foer’s Tree of Codes as a “literature of disembodiment”—experimental print texts that represent objects from which materiality is erased.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-53
Number of pages17
JournalMosaic: An Interdisciplinary Critical Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018


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