Changing World of Words: Literature in the Digital Age

Changing World of Words: Literature in the Digital Age BY AjayShukla2013 Changing World of Words: Literature in the Digital Age Turn wheresoever I may, By night or day, The things which I have seen I now can see no more. Whither is fled the visionary gleam? Where is it now, the glory and the dream? Written in a different context by William Wordsworth, the lines echo the voice of not only one but hundreds of scholars who are lamenting on the demise of literature in the digital age.

Digital literature, they aver, encourages academic dishonesty, opyright infringement, cyberplagiarism etc. Peruvian-Spanish novelist Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of 2010 Nobel Prize for literature likes books printed on paper and worries that something precious may be lost in an age of ebooks and digitalization. In the 21st century the publishing industry is in distress. Publishing houses – among them Simon and Schuster, Macmillan, Harper Collins, Double Day are laying off staff left and right.

Random house is in the midst of a drastic reorganization. Salaries are frozen across the country. Whispers of bankruptcy are fluttering around borders. We have the other side also. Literature interprets the world and we are living through one of the greatest economic and technological transformations. Digitalization has been a boon for scholars. Sure, the ideal will always be to see an original manuscript but that is not always possible and in these cases a digitalized (scanned) copy or e-lit will often do the Job.

A piece of literature which one does not get in hard copy can be obtained by him in soft copy in digital hyper textual world; and he may express his hrilled and ecstatic pleasure as Keats did in a different context: Then felt I like some watcher of the skies when a new planet swims into his ken; or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes He stard at the pacific… So Digital literature increased interactivity, connectivity and access.

This is an era of Hypertext, a text displayed on a computer or other electronic device with reference to other texts that the reader can immediately access. Metatextuality is a kind of intertextual discourse. Lit Drift website is a website with a daunting mission of aking literature fun and accessible in the digital Age. This radical change is a blessing for Net-savvy or Netizens.

Whether computers and other digital technological tools for revolutionary transformation in education practice will benefit young people of the digital generation or Are, they as some have suggested the false promise’ of education in the 21st century. The scholarly deliberations in the present seminar, I hope, will open new vistas for webisode or webinar for avid seminarians. Dr. Ajay Kumar Shukla Associate Professor Dept. of English D. D. U. Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur 273009