George P. Landow, Professor George P Landow
Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994 - Literary Criticism - 377 pages
In his widely acclaimed book Hypertext George P. Landow described a radically new information technology and its relationship to the work of such literary theorists as Jacques Derrida and Roland Barthes. Now Landow has brought together a distinguished group of authorities to explore more fully the implications of hypertextual reading for contemporary literary theory.
Among the contributors, Charles Ess uses the work of Jrgen Habermas and the Frankfurt School to examine hypertext's potential for true democratization. Stuart Moulthrop turns to Deleuze and Guattari as a point of departure for a study of the relation of hypertext and political power. Espen Aarseth places hypertext within a framework created by other forms of electronic textuality. David Kolb explores what hypertext implies for philosophy and philosophical discourse. Jane Yellowlees Douglas, Gunnar Liestol, and Mireille Rosello use contemporary theory to come to terms with hypertext narrative. Terrence Harpold investigates the hypertextual fiction of Michael Joyce. Drawing on Derrida, Lacan, and Wittgenstein, Gregory Ulmer offers an example of the new form of writing hypertextuality demands.
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Since without a user there can be no action ( praxis ) in a determinate cybertext ,
the concept of story ( fabula ) is meaningless . In fiction the story determines and
hides behind the plot , which produces the action , whereas in cybertext the plot ...
Chronological sequence may not settle the issue of cause : events may gain
traumatic significance by deferred action or retroaction , action working in reverse
sequence to create a meaning that did not previously exist . Thus the way a story
33 More generally , in The Theory of Communicative Action , volume 1 , Reason
and the Rationalization of Society ... Actions regulated by norms , expressive self
- presentations , and also evaluative expressions , supplement constative ...
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