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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To defend Enlightenment emphases on human freedom and democratic polity as
more than ideological preferences and utopianism, he must develop a critical
theory that can establish these emphases as universally valid, but he must avoid
... one that acknowledges the critiques launched against modernity and modern
rationalism in the Frankfurt School (and postmodernism) and at the same time
preserves the modern commitment to human freedom and democratic polity.
First, as Habermas's theory seeks to defend universally valid norms including the
preference for democratic polity, it provides an initial defense against the charge
that this preference is simply ideological in character. As Habermas shows, the ...