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Manuel Portela. Scripting Reading Motions: The Codex and the Computer as Self-Reflexive Machines. Cambridge, Massa- chusetts, London, England: MIT Press, 2013 [Book review]
journal contributionposted on 2017-05-23, 00:30 authored by LJ Maher
Scripting Reading Motions provides a comprehensive and engaging examination of the recent evolution of reading practices spanning the codex through to new media formats. Portela offers insight into the complex operations required by readers to engage with various modes of, as he puts it, “bibliographic and computational inscription” (364). By interrogating a number of literary practices—spanning art books, book modification, the digitization of codex works, and hypertextual literature—Portela provides an overview of the ways in which readers experience meaning as a manifested, or embodied, element of the reading process in a given medium. Scripting Reading Motions proves a valuable contribution to a body of literature largely dominated by analyses of monomedial textual engagements.