Hypermedia and Literary Studies

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Consider a work from Shakespeare. Imagine, as you read it, being able to call up instantly the Elizabethan usage of a particular word, variant texts for any part of the work, critical commentary, historically relevant facts, or oral interpretations by different sets of actors. This is the sort of richly interconnected, immediately accessible literary universe that can be created by hypertext (electronically linked texts) and hypermedia (the extension of linkages to visual and aural material).The essays in ...

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Overview

Consider a work from Shakespeare. Imagine, as you read it, being able to call up instantly the Elizabethan usage of a particular word, variant texts for any part of the work, critical commentary, historically relevant facts, or oral interpretations by different sets of actors. This is the sort of richly interconnected, immediately accessible literary universe that can be created by hypertext (electronically linked texts) and hypermedia (the extension of linkages to visual and aural material).The essays in Hypermedia and Literary Studies discuss the theoretical and practical opportunities and challenges posed by the convergence of hypermedia systems and traditional written texts. They range from the theory and design of literary hypermedia to reports of actual hypermedia projects from secondary school to university and from educational and scholarly to creative applications in poetry and fiction.George P. Landow is Professor of English and Art at Brown University. Paul Delany is Professor of English at Simon Fraser University,British Columbia, Canada.Contents. Hypertext, Hypermedia, and Literary Studies.

Theory. Reading and Writing the Electronic Book. From Electronic Books to Electronic Libraries: Revisiting "Reading and Writing the Electronic Book." The Rhetoric of Hypermedia: Some Rules for Authors. Topographic Writing: Hypertext and the Electronic Writing Space. Reading from the Map: Metonymy and Metaphor in the Fiction of "Forking Paths." Poem Descending a Staircase: Hypertext and the Simultaneity of Experience. Reading Hypertext: Order and Coherence in a New Medium. Threnody: Psychoanalytic Digressions on the Subject of Hypertexts. Applications. Biblical Studies and Hypertext. Ancient Materials, Modern Media: Shaping the Study of Classics with Hypertext. Linking Together Books: Adapting Published Material into Intermedia Documents. The Shakespeare Project. The Emblematic Hyperbook. HyperCard Stacks for Fielding's Joseph Andrews: Issues of Design and Content. Hypertext for the PC: The Rubén Dario Project. Hypermedia in Schools.

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Describes relevant needs of childhood related to hypnosis and hypnosis with children in general; and hypnotherapy with children in relation to various psychological, pediatric-medical and pediatric-surgical problems. Relates hypertext and hypermedia to contemporary literary theory. Hypertext is the computer implementation of texts designed so as to transcend the linearity, boundedness and fixedness of traditional text media. Hypermedia extends hypertext by incorporating links to graphics, audio, and video within hypertexts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262540735
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 3/19/1994
  • Series: Digital Communication
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Delany is Professor of English at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia,Canada.

George P. Landow is Professor of English and Art History at Brown University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Hypertext, Hypermedia and Literary Studies: The State of the Art 3
Reading and Writing the Electronic Book 53
The Rhetoric of Hypermedia: Some Rules for Authors 81
Topographic Writing: Hypertext and the Electronic Writing Space 105
Reading From the Map: Metonymy and Metaphor in the Fiction of 'Forking Paths' 119
From Electronic Books to Electronic Libraries: Revisiting "Reading and Writing the Electronic Book" 133
Poem Descending a Staircase: Hypertext and the Simultaneity of Experience 143
Reading Hypertext: Order and Coherence in a New Medium 153
Threnody: Psychoanalytic Digressions on the Subject of Hypertexts 171
Biblical Studies and Hypertext 185
Ancient Materials, Modern Media: Shaping the Study of Classics with Hypertext 205
Linking Together Books: Adapting Published Material into Intermedia Documents 221
The Shakespeare Project 257
The Emblematic Hyperbook 273
HyperCard Stacks for Fielding's Joseph Andrews: Issues of Design and Content 287
Hypertext for the PC: the Ruben Dario Project 299
Conceptualizing Hypermedia Curricula for Literary Studies in Schools 315
Bibliography 329
Notes on Contributors 339
Index 343
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