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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... one may claim with the ethical relativists, and by extension with at least some
postmodernists and poststructuralists, that ... in contrast with the content, of ideal
discourse and democratic interchange, Habermas's discourse ethic articulates a
The discourse ethic thereby avoids the absolute tolerance of a consistent ethical
relativism. Whereas an ethical relativist would be forced to accept the legitimacy
of moral norms achieved, for example, through the threat of force against a ...
But Habermas's discourse ethic further makes clear that the democratization
claim of hypertext depends not only on the hardware and software design but
also on the larger social context of use. Rules 2c and 3 in particular make the