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Electronic Text : Investigations in Method and Theory - Kathryn Sutherland

Electronic Text

Investigations in Method and Theory

By: Kathryn Sutherland (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st December 1997
ISBN: 9780198236634
Number Of Pages: 256

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Since the 1950s, when Roland Barthes re-expressed the formalist ideal of an open-ended text, there has been much interest among literary critics and theorists of text in the question of what text is and what it gives us access to. The computer storage and electronic dissemination of texts adds a new controversy to the debate: what is the significance of the electronic text for the representation and transmission of knowledge? In its functions as multi-text storer and in its capacity to weave, unweave, and reweave text, the computer lends itself to a variety of later twentieth-century theoretic and cultural practices, from the decomposing strategies of deconstructive criticism to the date-dense contextualism of criticisms of postmodernism, coming from new historicism, cultural anthropology, and post-Marxism. The contributors to this book examine the impact of electronic technology on literary and textual studies. They ask how the computer is being used to reshape ideas of text, of authorship, of a literary canon, of authenticity and value as embodied in the edited work. They combine approaches from literary theory, the philosophy of text, feminist theory, and textual criticism. Topics include interactive Shakespeare, the poetry of Laetitia Landon, Mark Twain and hypertext, and the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.

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`the book does a service to its various constituencies of potential readers by setting out the grounds of the debates as well as the debates themselves, and overall should stimulate fresh thinking about texts and editing.' Christian J Kay, Book Reviews. `an interesting and ambitious collection.' Christian J Kay, Book Reviews.

1: Kathryn Sutherland: Introduction 2: Jerome J. McGann: The Rationale of Hypertext 3: Claire Lamont: Annotating a Text: Literary Theory and Electronic Hypertext 4: Patrick Conner: Lighting Out for the Territory: Hypertext, Ideology, and Huckleberry Finn 5: Allen Renear: Out of Praxis: Three (Meta)Theories of Textuality 6: Julia Flanders: The Body Encoded: Questions of Gender and the Electronic Text 7: Peter Robinson: New Directions in Critical Editing 8: Peter Donaldson: Digital Archive as Expanded Text: Shakespeare and Electronic Textuality 9: David Greetham: Coda: Is it Morphin' Time? Select Bibliography

ISBN: 9780198236634
ISBN-10: 0198236638
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st December 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.3 x 16.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.52