Frame 28.1 – Writing the Self | May 2015
A far cry from young Werther’s letters, in recent years digital platforms have become preferred spaces for self-expression. As these new methods of presenting and representing the self have started to develop, “traditional,” paper-based writings seem to have given way to more immediate, interactive, and democratic forms of self-representation online. In this new issue, Frame, takes on a comparative angle to investigate the many existing claims and popular assumptions surrounding new acts of self-writing. What are some of the differences, similarities, and continuities between “old” and “new” forms of self-expression? How do new digital textualities influence the position of the writing subject? Do we perhaps need to revise prevalent notions of authorship and readership?
Writing the Self alters between theory and practice to interrogate personal, ethical and political dimensions concerning new digital textualities. In this volume, we investigate the possibilities and limitations of contemporary platforms for self-writing by wondering: how do these new spaces deviate, and how do they facilitate the expression of identity—or, more pressingly, the formation thereof?
Paul John Eakin | Self and Self-Representation Online and Off
Sara Rosa Espi | Vulnerability Disclosures: Zine Writing in the Age of New Media
Jessica Pressman | The Posthuman Reader in Postprint Literature: Between Page and Screen
Laura Shackelford | Writing Touch at the Interface: Luxuria Superbia’s Exploratory Play with Self-Writing
Laurie Ouellette and Jacquelyn Arcy | “Live Through This”: Feminist Care of the Self 2.0
David Marshall | Monitoring Persona: Mediatized Identity and the Edited Public Self
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