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afternoon, a story

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Afternoon, a story is a work of electronic literature written in 1987 by American author Michael Joyce. It was published by Eastgate Systems in 1990 and is known as the first hypertext fiction. Afternoon was first shown to the public as a demonstration of the hypertext authoring system Storyspace, announced in 1987 at the first Association for Computing Machinery Hypertext conference in a paper by Michael Joyce and Jay David Bolter.[1] In 1990, it was published on diskette and distributed in the same form by Eastgate Systems. The hypertext fiction tells the story of Peter, a recently divorced man who witnessed a car crash that may or may not have involved his ex-wife and their son.

Critical writing that references this work:

Title Author Year
A New Media Reading Strategy Cheryl E. Ball 2005
A Short History of Electronic Literature and Communities in the Nordic Countries Hans Kristian Rustad 2012
An Emerging Canon? A Preliminary Analysis of All References to Creative Works in Critical Writing Documented in the ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base Scott Rettberg 2013
An interview with Maria Engberg David Thomas Prater, Maria Engberg 2011
Blogging Jill Walker Rettberg 2008
Blogging, 2nd edition Jill Walker Rettberg 2013
Canonizing Hypertext: Explorations and Constructions Astrid Ensslin 2007
Card Shark and Thespis: Exotic Tools for Hypertext Narrative Mark Bernstein 2001
Collective Memory and the Development of a Field: Building the ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base Scott Rettberg 2012
Command Lines: Aesthetics and Technique in Interactive Fiction and New Media Jeremy Douglass 2007
Conclusion: Whither American Fiction? Jessica Pressman 2012
Conclusions Terry Harpold 1994
Creating Screen-Based Multiple State Environments: Investigating Systems of Confutation Donna Leishman 2004
Cyberspace, Virtuality and the Text Marie-Laure Ryan 1999
Cybertext: Perspectives on Ergodic Literature Espen Aarseth 1997
Design som medievitenskapelig metode Anders Fagerjord 2012
Digital Literature: From Text to Hypertext and Beyond Raine Koskimaa 2000
Digital Literature: Theoretical and Aesthetic Reflections Luciana Gattass 2011
Digital Media Scott Rettberg, Jill Walker Rettberg 2010
Digital Poesi. Æstetisk Analyse og det Mediales Rolle i Kunstværkers Kommunikation Mette-Marie Zacher Sørensen 2013
Discourse Timer: Towards Temporally Dynamic Texts Markku Eskelinen, Raine Koskimaa 2001
Do You Think You're Part of This? Digital Texts and the Second Person Address Jill Walker Rettberg 2000
Don't Believe the Hype: Rereading Michael Joyce's Afternoon and Twelve Blue Anthony Enns 2001
E-Borges: Stuart Moulthrop’s Victory Garden Álvaro Seiça 2012
E-lit context as Records Continuum: the “lost” Michael Joyce’s Afternoon Italian edition and the archival perspective Paola Pizzichini, Mauro Carassai 2010
E-literature Joseph Tabbi 2011
Electronic Literature Publishing and Distribution in Europe Markku Eskelinen, Giovanna Di Rosario 2012
Electronic Literature Seen from a Distance: The Beginnings of a Field Jill Walker Rettberg 2012
Electronic Literature Without a Map Markku Eskelinen 2008
Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary N. Katherine Hayles 2008
Elektronisk litteratur i Norden Hans Kristian Rustad 2008
Ex libris: medierealistik litteratur, Paris, Los Angeles & cyberspace (PhD) Søren Bro Pold 2000
Ex-foliations: Reading Machines and the Upgrade Path Terry Harpold 2008
Fiction and Interaction: How Clicking a Mouse Can Make You Part of a Fictional World Jill Walker Rettberg 2003
Formalisation d’un modèle fonctionnel de communication à l’aide des technologies numériques appliqué à la création poétique Philippe Bootz 2001
From Revisi(tati)on to Retro-Intentionalization Astrid Ensslin 2010
From Storyspace to Browsers: Translating afternoon, a story into Polish and XML Mariusz Pisarski 2012
Fuzzy Coherence: Making Sense of Continuity in Hypertext Narratives Jukka Tyrkkö 2011
Gaps, Maps and Perception: What Hypertext Readers (Don't) Do J. Yellowlees Douglas 1992
Genre Trouble: Narrativism and the Art of Simulation Espen Aarseth 2004
Hyperfiction – ein neues Genre? Beat Suter, Michael Böhler 1999
Hyperfiktion und interaktive Narration Beat Suter 2000
Hyperizons: A study of interactive reading and readership in hyperfiction theory and practice, with an outlook to hyperfictions' future inspired by the reading of Sophie's World and The Pandora Directive Lisbeth Klastrup 1997
Hypertext and Ethnographic Representation: A Case Study Rulon Matley Wood 2011
Hypertext Fiction from 1987-1999 Jill Walker Rettberg 2010
Hypertext Fiction in the Twilight Zone Raine Koskimaa 1998
Hypertext: The Convergence of Contemporary Critical Theory and Technology George P. Landow 1992
Hyperworks: On Digital Literature and Computer Games Anna Gunder 2004
Intermediation: The Pursuit of a Vision N. Katherine Hayles 2007
Internet Hyperfiction: Can it ever Become a Widely Popular Artform? Nikolaj Jensen 2001
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