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 Jürgen 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.
About the Author
George P. Landow is professor of English and art history at Brown University. The editor of three books on electronic textuality, he has created several electronic hypertexts, including the award-winning Dickens Web. His widely acclaimed Hypertext is available, both in book and expanded electronic format, from Johns Hopkins.
In this volume, 11 pieces explore the nature of critical theory in the age of hypertext, looking variously at computers and democracy, art and pedagogy, indeterminacy, hypertext as resistance, and other probings of the cultural, political, economic, and social effects of the emergence of hypertext.
A significant contribution to a growing body of theory for the new electronic technology of writing. As I read one essay after another, I was struck by the diversity and originality of the approaches taken. Yet all of the essays are clearly theoretical, and all of them show that hypertext deserves a serious theoretical treatment.
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