E-Borges: Stuart Moulthrop’s Victory Garden

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This essay analyses Stuart Moulthrop’s Victory Garden (1991), a singular hyperfiction within the context of hypertextual narratives released during the 90s. Taking into consideration the campus novel and anti-war novel themes, I focus my reading on the technological mediation of war and the intertextualization of Jorge Luis Borges’ short story “El Jardín de Senderos que se Bifurcan” (1941). Therefore, I argue that Victory Garden is an appropriation and recreation, via a digital medium, of several Borgesian motifs and his beloved metaliterary theme: the labyrinth.

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Titlesort ascending Author Year
You Say You Want a Revolution? Hypertext and the Laws of Media Stuart Moulthrop 1991
Writing Space: The Computer, Hypertext, and the History of Writing Jay David Bolter 1991
Transdução: Processos de Transferência na Literatura e Arte Digitais Álvaro Seiça 2011
The Possible Worlds of Hypertext Fiction Alice Bell 2010
The New Media Reader 2003
The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age Sven Birkerts 2006
The Endless Reading of Fiction: Stuart Moulthrop's Hypertext Novel Victory Garden Robert L. Selig 2000
The End of Books--Or Books Without End: Reading Interactive Narratives J. Yellowlees Douglas 2003
The End of Books Robert Coover 1992
Remediation: Understanding New Media Jay David Bolter, Richard Grusin 2001
Reading Network Fiction David Ciccoricco 2014
Palimpsestes: La Littérature au Second Degré Gérard Genette 1982
Of Two Minds: Hypertext Pedagogy and Poetics Michael Joyce 2002
Literary Hypertext: The Passing of the Golden Age Robert Coover 1999
Hypertext: The Convergence of Contemporary Critical Theory and Technology George P. Landow 1992
Hyperfiction: Novels for the Computer Robert Coover 1993
From Text to Hypertext: Decentering the Subject in Fiction, Film, the Visual Arts, and Electronic Media Silvio Gaggi 1997
Ex-foliations: Reading Machines and the Upgrade Path Terry Harpold 2009
Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary N. Katherine Hayles 2010
Digital Literature: From Text to Hypertext and Beyond Raine Koskimaa 2000

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