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Reading the Code between the Words: The Role of Translation in Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries’s Nippon

by Jessica Pressman

This essay reads a work of electronic literature that does not display code onscreen but which intervenes in discussions of code vs. screenic text in electronic literature criticism. Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries's Nippon presents a juxtaposition of English and Japanese onscreen, an aesthetic of deconstruction that promotes a similar critical approach to examining the boundary between onscreen text and programming code. Instead of addressing what code does for our readings of electronic literature, I argue that works like Nippon prompt us to consider what electronic literature does for our readings of code.

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