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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... we see that nonlinearity is clearly not a trope, Espenf. since it works on the
level of words, not meaning; but it could be Aarseth classified as a type of figure,
following Pierre Fontanier's taxonomy of tropes and figures. In the second part of
By examining the physics tropes that hypertext theorists resort to in order to
polemi- Martin E. dze the capacity of hypertext to liberate its users, we may
witness these Rosenberg exclusive yet complicitous impulses and thus render
According to Hayden White, a trope is a turn of phrase linking an abstract concept
to the physical world, thus establishing a correspondence between the physical
world and human ideation. Tropes are "inexpungeable from discourse in the ...