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Novels about Literacy and Technology

Deborah Leiter
The list author says: "Most of the novels on this list have something to do with literacy and technology--in some cases, more one than the other. In a few cases, the connection is quite loose. In most cases there's an undercurrent of literary theory and/or ideas about media effects. But most of these novels are quite readable without taking any of that into account."
The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel
The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel
"This action/mystery/speculative fiction novel is great for English geeks who get literary jokes, but it's not necessary to be one to enjoy the book. The idea is that Thursday Next, the heroine, is a governmental Literary Detective in a slightly alternative universe in 1980s Britain."
Lost in a Good Book (A Thursday Next Novel)
Lost in a Good Book (A Thursday Next Novel)
"This second Thursday Next novel has her enter the world of books even more thoroughly (in a literal way, hanging out with the characters)."
The Well of Lost Plots (Thursday Next Series)
The Well of Lost Plots (Thursday Next Series)
"The third Thursday Next book--she's still mostly in the world where book characters reside."
Something Rotten (Thursday Next Novels)
Something Rotten (Thursday Next Novels)
"The fourth Thursday Next novel--back out (mostly) into the "real" world for Thursday."
Special Topics in Calamity Physics
Special Topics in Calamity Physics
"In my mind, the most delightful part of this mystery about a highly educated high school student is the way the narrator uses citations and footnotes to (hyper)contextualize her ideas in highly imaginative ways."
Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters
Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters
"In this dystopian (think the opposite of utopian) novel, a highly print-literate society suffers the loss of its alphabet (and correspondingly its meaning) bit by bit. Young Adult novel, so it's a very fast read."
Feed
Feed
"Another dystopian novel, but in this one the characters are ultra-technologized--the people in the society have installed computers inside their bodies to make life easier, but discover some unintended consequences. Another easy-reading but powerful YA novel."
Mockingbird
Mockingbird
"This regrettably out-of-print novel does a great job of what might happen if we entrusted the running of our culture to robots who ultimately break down. The illegality of reading is a big part of the book."
Oryx and Crake
Oryx and Crake
"Another dystopian novel, this one building out the consequences of the effects of media and other factors on the scientific mind and the ultimate consequences on the world."
Evidence of Things Unseen: A Novel
Evidence of Things Unseen: A Novel
"This novel traces the faith in science (implicitly measuring it against the field of humanities) in a few characters over the arc of the mid-20th century."
To Say Nothing of the Dog
To Say Nothing of the Dog
"This time-travel romantic comedy imagines what would happen if Oxford historians could travel back in time to verify their knowledge of the world--and get time lag. Interesting twist on the idea of "reading the past.""
Doomsday Book
Doomsday Book
"Same author and time-traveling idea as above, but this one's more serious, involving the Plague."
Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451
"I don't really like this classic dystopian novel about book censorship (I like some of the others better) but it's the standard so here it is. It is also pretty impressive that it was written before  the age of television and such, considering some of the technology it predicts."
Player Piano: A Novel
Player Piano: A Novel
"Again, it's not my favorite dystopian novel (the technology takes over to an absurd point), but it's fascinating to think of a world where novels must be written to technologized marketing specifications (that part's sort of scary and a bit close to real, if exaggerated)."