Annotated Bibliography #12

Two papers today from the same collection. That actually brings me to 6 annotated bibliographic annotations this week. Best of all, they both should be super useful.

Cornis-Pope, Marcel. “Author-Reader Interactions in the Age of Hypertextual and Multimedia Communication.” New Literary Hybrids in the Age of Multimedia Expression: Crossing Borders, Crossing Genres, Edited by Marcel Cornis-Pope, John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2014, pp. 331 – 339. EBSCOhost, NO DOI.

Cornis-Pope’s paper explores the evolution of author and reader interaction with the advent of hypertext. In the past, a literary novel was often considered to be a self-contained work, but with new definitions of literature that have come from the expansion of what is considered literature, we arrive at works that are more open-ended. As Cornis-Pope writes, “readers are challenged to move from linear modes of reading, to multilevel and interactive modes of rereading/rewriting that take into account a text’s complexity as well as the relationship among author, culture, and reader” (p. 331). This leads to a concept, credited to George Landow, as the “wreader.”

The first major exploratory section of the paper focuses on the mixed media approach of hyptertext fiction and other multimedia literature. By examining a number of hypertexts, Shelley Jackson’s Patchwork Girl in particular, Cornis-Pope explores this relationship between narrative and other integrated media. There is also the discussion of Flash-based media, such as Alan Bigelow’s MyNovel.org. The second major section focuses on how text is interpreted when the negotiation between reader and author is no longer as one-sided and the reader has more of an involvement in the text through a measure of control.

Overall, an insightful article that could make for some use in the theory portion of my proposal.

Strehovec, Janez. “The E-Literary Text as an Instrument and a Ride: Novel Forms of Digital Literature and the Expanded Concept of Reading.” New Literary Hybrids in the Age of Multimedia Expression: Crossing Borders, Crossing Genres, Edited by Marcel Cornis-Pope, John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2014, pp. 340 – 356. EBSCOhost, NO DOI.

Strehovec’s paper explores the changing conception of what reading is in a post-hypertext world. Strehovec stresses that this is an emergent field. With any emergent field, interpretation is subject to change, but from what I have read, Strehovec is right on with this concept of reading as a ride. What is stressed is that “the new media work is becoming multifunctional” (p. 342). Stehovec goes in an interesting direction, exploring the planar nature of text on a printed page and the visual uniformity of literature, as opposed to something such as open-field poetry, or more to the point, a hypertext, or further on, post-hypertext electronic literature. There is a lot of interesting analysis on the spacial relationship between the virtual avatar of the reader, often a mouse, and the text itself. Future interfaces, such as haptic feedback, are likely to revolutionize this concept as well.

The bulk of the paper explores the ride metaphor in varying capacities by looking at specific virtual-fictions. This term is my own to account for these immersive, multimedia narratives. I will most definitely need to explore this text further.

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