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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For example, suppose that, as a screener wandering in a hypertext, I encounter a
little icon signaling the presence of a link (the fact that another screener or many
other screeners wrote a downstroke or an upstroke at this particular point).
I. Yellowlees Douglas Reading for the Ending: Closure in Print and Interactive
Narratives Even though in interactive narratives, we as readers never encounter
anything quite so definitive as the words "The End," or the last page of i 8 4 • • a ...
A word which doesn't yield the first time you read a section may take you
elsewhere if you choose it when you encounter the section again; and sometimes
what • •193 seems a loop, like memory, heads off again in another direction.
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