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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George P. Landow intrinsic separation of text from the physical object by means
of which it is read . Friedrich A. Kittler points out that in contrasting different
cultural epochs , one must distinguish “ not emotional dispositions but systems .
Scientists resort to tropes from cultural phenomena to make their descriptions of
physical phenomena accessible ; similarly artists and social philosophers resort
to tropes from physical phenomena to explain phenomena in their domains .
Two underlying assumptions unite all these very different analyses of physical
systems : time is as symmetrical as space , and geometry can represent , with
certainty , the physical world . As it is construed in physics , symmetry , or
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