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Česká počítačově generovaná literatura a otázka autorství literárního textu
Czech computer-generated literature and the question of authorship of the literary text

Author(s): Karel Piorecký
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Information Architecture, Electronic information storage and retrieval, Czech Literature, Theory of Literature
Published by: Ústav svetovej literatúry, Slovenská akadémia vied
Keywords: Generative literature; Glitch art; Google poetics; Artificial intelligence; Authorship; Actor-network theory;

Summary/Abstract: Since the end of the 1950s, computer-generated literary texts have been a marginal but ever-present part of many national literatures including the Czech one. This study primarilycharts the history of this phenomenon on the Czech cultural scene. Its material scope extendsfrom experiments in the 1960s (by Jiří Levý and Karel Pala) and the metaliterary reflectionsof Jiří Drašnar with computer-distorted texts to contemporary conceptual procedures (e. g.glitch aesthetics in Impromptu by Roman Haisel) and literary experiments with artificial intelligence.Attention is also focused on its forays into pop culture (Google poetry). More generalquestions on the authorship of literary texts in particular are then formulated, and a proposedpluralist conception of authorship as a collective of human and technological actors is presented,based on analysis of generative literature output.

  • Issue Year: 9/2017
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 66-78
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Czech