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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Stretch occurs when discourse time is longer than story time, as in, for example,
slow motion in film or extremely detailed descriptions and stream-of-
consciousness in literature. In hypertext, the reader creates stretch by following
links that lead ...
In reading hypertext fiction the reader not only recreates narratives but creates
and invents new ones not even conceived of by the primary Gunnar Liestel
author. In hypertext fiction the key principles of narrative structuring, and thus the
recent years, suggest that his preference for unmarked links has been decisive
for the school of hypertext fiction that ... Thus peeking into the secret system of the
text's narrative structure is, I would argue, another form of the petition to the Other