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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If we want to know what is going on between nonlinear texts and their users, we
must come up with a concept that implies both more and less than reading and
redefines literary satisfaction as well as hermeneutic behavior. Hypertext Is Not ...
"The concept of a perspicuous representation [Ubersichtliche Darstellung] is of
fundamental significance for us. It earmarks the form of account we give, the way
we look at things." And this method has a certain content and purpose: "A ...
Moreover, the concept of a single work identified by an author, a title, or a genre
may not be very useful in this future. A hypertextual version of La Chatte would be
linked to many other documents, and if linking has become commonplace, there
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