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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I make this point because Landow many people confronting electronic textuality
confuse the experience of reading it with the particular technology on which it is
read. One encounters two forms of reservations about reading electronic text: 4 ...
paths readers take through the hypertext, one reading can correspond to the
reading of a single chapter of Lord Jim. Finding no clear-cut divisions such as
chapters between episodes or narrative strands, readers of interactive narratives
just stop reading, decide that you've had enough, get up from the computer, and
walk away.) But you cannot come to a definitive ending within the docuverse. "
Closure is, as in any fiction, a suspect quality," says an unnamed voice in a lexia