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The Afterlives of Georges Perec$
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Rowan Wilken and Justin Clemens

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474401241

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474401241.001.0001

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The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog: Perec, Description and the Scene of Everyday Computer Use

The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog: Perec, Description and the Scene of Everyday Computer Use

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(p.226) Chapter 13 The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog: Perec, Description and the Scene of Everyday Computer Use
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The Afterlives of Georges Perec
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Rowan Wilken

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474401241.003.0013

This chapter takes up Georges Perec’s call to ‘question the habitual’ and applies it to the scene of everyday computer use. My questioning of habituated computer use is framed within a consideration, first, of human-computer interaction (HCI) research on skilled typing and, second, in relation to computer-based typing and everyday computer use. The central argument of this chapter is that Perec’s use of description offers an innovative method for generating new insights into the material contexts and conditions of media use, and can assist us in grasping the fuller significance of our ‘infraordinary’ techno-somatic interactions with keyboards and screens, and the places and situational contexts in which these interactions occur.

Keywords:   Georges Perec, human-computer interaction, description, expert typing, the everyday, computer use

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