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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Conceived as a work meant to be read on a computer terminal, it always exists in
potential — and not just be- • • • 2 9 cause it ... In other words, the image, say, of
X's portrait does not exist somewhere as an image "in there" and, moreover, this ...
If most hypertext webs exist as relatively separate units rather than as nodes or
local regions within a giant docuverse, they divide into several genres and
modes, including reference, instructional, constructive, and what, for want of a
the questions raised regarding these claims — where all claims and questions
would exist as individual hypertext nodes linked to each other. Such systems
already exist in some measure. But Habermas's discourse ethic further makes
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