- Hypertext Fiction, Rettberg,
- The Babysitter, Robert Coover
Blog: After reading the Rettberg chapter on Hypertext Fiction and Coover’s “The Babysitter” (take your time with this one!), discuss your thoughts about how Coover’s story is a model for later works of Hypertext. How does the story’s structure involve the reader in multiple narrative paths?
- Discuss the Babysitter / modernism>postmodernism / history and connection to early hypertext
- TALK: early hypertext, forking paths, spatial writing, eastgate and storyspace
- Intro to ELL / formats: floppy>cd-rom>web
- DEMO: afternoon, a story, Michael Joyce
- formats: floppy, cd-rom, flash-drive
- ELD entries info
- Twine exercise – lexia around an event
- Interview with Shelley Jackson
- The End of Books, by Robert Coover (1992)
- WHY NO ONE CLICKED ON THE GREAT HYPERTEXT STORY, by Steven Johnson (2013)
Blog: With the advent of social media, hypertext is no longer a novel feature of digital writing. However, the growing Twine community is showing a renewed interest in hypertext fiction. Based on Rettberg’s book so far, the articles above and the in-class reading of “afternoon, a story”, share your thoughts about the future of hypertext fiction as a literary form. Can the link-structure, nonlinearity and fragmentation of hypertext express something of our world that print cannot?
Discuss readings and posts.
A Story As You Like It, by Raymond Queneau
Take notes on in-class readings, considering the following questions:
- Are you able to follow linear sequences within the overall multilinear and/or variable structure?
- What propels your reading? Are plot or character questions raised? Are there moments of suspense? Are you making discoveries as you read? Or does the work feel disjointed? Is there a reason in the story for the disjointedness?
- Is the work immersive or does it resist immersion? Are you engaged with text without being immersed in a world?
- Does the work exhibit intertexuality?
- Does the work exhibit authorial and/or medial reflexivity? Is the reflexivity thematically important?
- How do graphic elements (images, maps) integrate with the text? Do the images illustrate the text or are they also to be “read” and interpreted in some way?
- How do you interpret the overall navigational structure of the hypertext? Does the work encourage or help you to interpret this structure?
- If you had the time, would you return to this work?
ELL / Mac Classics:
- Uncle Buddy’s Phantom Funhouse, John McDaid
- Patchwork Girl, Shelley Jackson
ELD entry / Wikipedia / Pathfinders
Marble Springs, Deena Larsen Califia, M.D. Coverley
essay about the work
- Victory Garden, Stuart Moulthrop
ELD entry / Wikipedia
afternoon, a story, Michael Joyce
ELD entry / Wikipedia
VMMC 111/ Online: