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Orla Murphy
CeRch Seminar Series
Reading Screens
King's College London
Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures
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The cultural act of reading is in flux. The dynamic, contextual framework that is the text viewed on screen challenges our understanding of the page. Some technologies seek to emulate the page, to turn off the back light and enable reading outdoors in sunlight. Other digital technologies aim to both sustain and augment the readerís experience of the text, moving beyond the paper page and into a new conceptualisation of reading, with layers of texts, with choices of views, with integrated multi and social media. This presentation explores how we once read and how we now read often multivalent texts on multiple screens. I query what has changed in these new modes of knowledge representation, and what remains constant, and posit challenges for future scholarly discourse. † † † † ††

King's College London