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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Taking computer role-playing games as an instance of interactive fiction, Durand
offered two diametrically opposed examples of electronic textuality that demand
comment upon the social, political, and moral implications of the principles and ...
Anthony Niesz and Norman Holland, in their early article on what they called "
Interactive fiction" (a concept that corresponds to determinate cybertext, if one
disregards their definition of it), contend that "Interactive fiction has become
Unlike most print narratives, however, interactive narratives invite us to return to
them again and again, their openness ... "Reading from the Map: Metonymy and
Metaphor in the Fiction of Forking Paths," in Hypermedia and Literary Studies, ed.