Frequently Asked Questions about "Hypertext"

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Frequently Asked Questions about "Hypertext" is a short fiction, in the form of a FAQ document, that revolves around various interpretations of a 69-word poem called "Hypertext." The poem "Hypertext," nominally by "Alan Richardson," is composed from all the hidden words/anagrams contained within the nine-letter word "hypertext." The tongue-in-cheek interpretations of the fictional poem include the perspectives of language poetry, cultural studies, feminism, and transgender studies. Emerging through the interpretations and FAQ answers, however, are the interwoven "real-life" stories of the troubled author and his/her troubled critics. The poem's notoriety creates a fan fiction phenomenon centered around an online database, which, along with its creator(s), comes under attack. As in Nabokov's Pale Fire, pseudo-literary criticism gives way to a mystery story about the real author of the text, transformation and transsexuality, love and murder.

(Source: Author description, ELC 1).

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The result of all this technological intervention—the drug therapy, the cosmetic operations, the violent sex-reassignment surgery itself—is a hybrid woman-machine or seductive technosexual cyborg. Especially if you start off with a small-boned, soft-featured male, you can turn, for example, a mousy Wall Street banker-trader into quite a fetching female poet-critic

Re: Perth rep, PR-type hype. Per HTTP pretext, Peer here: Eye thy eyer, pet yer petter (Hey ET, thee pee there—pH three).

“Shall we analyze the textuality of erectile dysfunction?” Richards asked rhetorically, detailing her Posttranssexual Reading in “Post-Pyrex ‘Hypertext’: Domesticating the Cyborg” (American Journal of Gender Dysphoria).

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Eric Dean Rasmussen