Writing Space: The Computer, Hypertext, and the History of Writing

Critical Writing
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1991
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0-8058-0427-7
0-8058-0428-5
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1st edition
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This book is a study of the computer as a new technology for reading and writing -- a technology that may replace the printing press as our principal medium of symbolic communication. One of the main subjects of Writing Space is hypertext, a technique that allows scientists, scholars, and creative writers to construct texts that interact with the needs and desires of the reader. Bolter explores both the theory and practice of hypertext, demonstrating that the computer as hypertext represents a new stage in the long history of writing, one that has far-reaching implications in the fields of human and artificial intelligence, cognitive science, philosophy, semiotics, and literary theory.

Through a masterful integration of introductory, historical, illustrative, and theoretical material as well as an accompanying diskette containing a sample of hypertextual writing, Bolter supports his claim that the computer will carry literacy into a new age -- the age of electronic text that will emerge from the "age of print that is now passing." His reflections on literacy in contemporary culture lead him to a compelling conclusion: ironically, cultural literacy is becoming almost synonymous with computer literacy.

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Hyper-What?: Some Views on Reader Discomfiture with Hypertext Fiction Lawrence James Clark Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy 1999
'Le Livre' e o 'Sintext:' A Simulação do Sonho de Mallarmé Através da Poética Digital de Pedro Barbosa Luís Cláudio Fajardo 2009
Autorschaft und digitale Literatur: Geschichte, Medienpraxis und Theoriebildung Heiko Zimmermann WVT - Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier 2015
Beyond Codexspace: Potentialities of Literary Cybertext John Cayley Intellect Ltd. 1996
Blogging, 2nd edition Jill Walker Rettberg Polity 2013
Born Digital: Writing Poetry in the Age of New Media Maria Engberg 2007
Creating Screen-Based Multiple State Environments: Investigating Systems of Confutation Donna Leishman 2004
Design som medievitenskapelig metode Anders Fagerjord Norsk medietidsskrift 2012
Destination Unknown: Experiments in the Network Novel Scott Rettberg 2003
Digital Art and Meaning: Reading Kinetic Poetry, Text Machines, Mapping Art, and Interactive Installations Roberto Simanowski University of Minnesota Press 2011
Digital Literature: Theoretical and Aesthetic Reflections Luciana Gattass 2011
Digital Media Scott Rettberg, Jill Walker Rettberg Modern Language Association (MLA) 2010
Digital Poetics: The Making of E-Poetries Loss Pequeño Glazier University of Alabama Press 2001
Discourse Timer: Towards Temporally Dynamic Texts Markku Eskelinen, Raine Koskimaa Dichtung Digital 2001
E-Borges: Stuart Moulthrop’s Victory Garden Álvaro Seiça Op. Cit.: Revista de Estudos Anglo-Americanos/A Journal of Anglo-American Studies 2012
Electronic Literature Scott Rettberg Polity 2018
Expressive Processing: On Process-Intensive Literature and Digital Media Noah Wardrip-Fruin 2006
Humanidades e Informática: O Estado da Arte Pedro Reis Revista da Faculdade de Ciências Humanas e Sociais, Edições UFP 2005
Hyperfiktion und interaktive Narration Beat Suter update verlag 2000
Interactive Technology and the Remediation of the Subject of Writing Michelle Kendrick Configurations 2001
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