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Hypertext 2.0: The Convergence of Contemporary Critical Theory and Technology (Parallax: Re-visions of Culture and Society) Paperback – September 5, 1997

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ISBN-13: 978-0801855863 ISBN-10: 0801855861 Edition: 2nd

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Editorial Reviews


"A bold and enthusiastic prediction of the impact of hypertext on literature and pedagogy." -- Rocky Mountain Review of Literature


"In this insightful and readable volume, Landow explores the relationship between contemporary literary and social theory and the latest advances in computer software." -- Voice Literary Supplement, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"Worth reading, whether one's initial mood is enthusiasm, skepticism, or simple curiosity." -- Contemporary Sociology, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"A useful book for understanding the effect technology is having on scholarship." -- Semiotic Review of Books, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"Good news for teachers who are not too sensitive about their intellectual authority... Bad news for print culture." -- Times Literary Supplement, reviewing a previous edition or volume


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Product Details

  • Series: Parallax: Re-visions of Culture and Society
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press; 2nd edition (September 5, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801855861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801855863
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,586,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By weberwu on October 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
Literature and computing inhabit separate universes, one could think. But since the ideas of hypertext have come up and the technical basis for the Internet has been put in place, we have seen enormous growth and interest in this area.

The book is not easy to read for computer scientists, but it is much more legible than many other works in the field! It is filled with references to other works and invites the reader to "follow the link" and go read the other works.

The main contribution of the book is to show computing people what is done over in the literature world and to show literature people what is technically possible - without trying to discuss bleeding edge technology.

It is always a problem to walk the fine line that delineates two sciences - each is convinced that works from the "fringe" are not really in-depth or founded or even serious. But the book makes you think and want to know more - and that is a very fine thing indeed for this interdisziplinary area.
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