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 encounters two forms of reservations about reading electronic text: 4 • • • • "
You can't read an electronic book in the bathtub" and "How can you compare
reading text on a screen with the experience of reading a leather-bound volume?
than being preconfigured to meet certain but not other needs. To consult the
Micro Gallery, one sits before a large touch-screen color monitor. I last visited
London on my way to Amsterdam, and I wanted to see the National Gallery's
of nonlinearity, or rather other rules of linear organization, that exist on the
computer screen. The screen occupies a third position, between the three
dimensions of space and the one dimension of time. The screen and what it
presents is a ...