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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In "Socrates in the Labyrinth," David Kolb approaches the idea of nonlinear
textuality by inquiring what hypertext implies for philosophy and philosophical
discourse. In contrast to Kolb, who investigates the matter of hypertex- tual
Socrates in the Labyrinth David Kolb Can we do philosophy using hypertext?
What kind of work might a philosophical hypertext do? Could it do argumentative
work, or would any linear argument be a subordinate part of some different hyper
... of persua- David Kolb sion. (It is true that there are modes of philosophy that
attack the distinction between philosophy and rhetoric, but these usually do so as
the conclusion of an argument that does conventional philosophical i 2 s • • work.