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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But the possibilities need not be endless to be exhausting; your patience or your
curiosity may not be a match for the text's erratic calculus, and the principle of
contingent repeatability is sufficient in and of itself to block some conclusions.
Irreversible, contingent duration, then, can occur only by disrupting • • 2 s 7 this "
latency," by demonstrating how the human mind can experience duration
completely independently of the precisely uniform repetition governing the
... in hypertext links. Derrida's typographical maneuvers depend on simultaneous
visual access to the related elements. It is important in those texts that the
references across the parallel columns be contingent, dependent on how the eye