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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Closure and Indeterminacy in Interactive Narratives J. Yellowlees Douglas [
Conventional novelistic] solutions are legitimate inasmuch as they satisfy the
desire for finality, for which our hearts yearn, with a longing greater than the
longing for ...
They can even decide when their readings of the narrative are complete, based
on their reconstructions of the narrative as a virtual, three-dimensional structure.
But this, nonetheless, does not resolve the issue of how the suspension of
Returning again and again to confirm the possibility of closure means refusing
the gap in the field of the Other by replacing it with the positive term of the
reader's own occultation within narrative. Like the obsessional, the hypertext
reader is ...