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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The act of certitude that concludes the sophism constitutes at the same time an • •
2 0 3 enforced ambiguity of the subject's status with regard to language. Taking
on his mark, the subject defers to (is subject-ed to) the signifier he assumes; ...
In a 1991 essay ("Threnody"), I argued that the robust digressions of hypertext
narrative replay the eccentric relation of the subject who 2 o 6 • • inhabits the text
(writer or reader) to signifiers that constitute the text's reservoir of meaning.
(je = subject of the Symbolic, subject marked/divided by the signifier; moi = the
alienated/alienating, "subjective" ... two signifiers (as a spark jumping
Conclusions from one signifier to another, creating a connection between them)"
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