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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... space , not as a tidy network of little lines and squares symbolizing links and
documents , but rather as the extraordinary complex mixture of randomness and
organization , unpredictability and meaningfulness displayed by fractal images .
Text linguists . . . have shown how , under a superficially linear form , authors may
create rich , complex relational structures . It could even be argued that the
simple pointer and hierarchical structures provided in hypertext are semantically
Rand J . Spiro remarks , “ The metaphor ( of the criss - crossed landscape )
derives from Wittgenstein , who , in his preface to Philosophical Investigations ,
despaired that all of his attempts to weld his complex ideas into a conventionally
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