The remanence of medieval media

Authored by: Martin Foys

The Routledge Research Companion to Digital Medieval Literature

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138905047
eBook ISBN: 9781315696041
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This chapter explores the feedback loop between embodied practice, texts, and intervening techne as a process of the cybernetics of “remanence,” a cyber-forensics term that refers to the traces on media when information is removed. Foys appropriates this term to investigate the implications of mediated interventions into medieval texts and artifacts and how media disruptions and their feedback loops provide for a virtual remainder of the past. This framework leads to some striking comparisons of “durability” – across contemporary Xerox commercials and medieval and Anglo-Saxon manuscripts.

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