Of Two Minds: Hypertext Pedagogy and Poetics

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University of Michigan Press, 1996 - 277 pages
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In Of Two Minds, noted hypertext novelist and writing teacher Michael Joyce explores the new technologies, mediums, and modalities for teaching and writing, ranging from interactive multimedia to virtual reality. As author of Afternoon: A Story, which the New York Times Book Review termed "the most widely read, quoted, and critiqued of all hypertext narratives," and co-developer of Storyspace, an innovative hypertext software acclaimed for offering new kinds of artistic expression, he is uniquely well qualified to explore this stimulating topic.
The essays comprise what Joyce calls "theoretical narratives," woven from e-mail messages, hypertext "nodes," and other kinds of electronic text that move nomadically from one occasion or perspective to another, between the poles of art and instruction , teaching and writing. The nomadic movement of ideas is made effortless by the electronic medium, which makes it easy to cross borders (or erase them) with the swipe of a mouse, and which therefore challenges our notions of intellectual and artistic borders.
Joyce makes it clear that we are not just the natural heirs but, through our visions, the architects of new technologies that promise to enact our visions as much as change them. The collection summons writing from artists, poets, teachers, scientists, and feminist thinkers, and in so doing builds on notions of human possibility as a basis for the broadest kind of conversation in what Joyce deems our increasingly multiple, polymorphous, and polylogous culture.
"Weaving between theoretical speculations, reports of actual classroom usage, polemical addresses, and a rich web of allusions, Of Two Minds strongly makes the case that hypertext creates a topography of textuality that requires new mod es of thinking about texts." --N. Katherine Hayles, University of California, Los Angeles
A volume in our Studies in Literature and Science series.
Michael Joyce is Randolph Distinguished Visiting Professor of English, Vassar College.
 

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Contents

Hypertext and Hypermedia
19
What I Really Wanted to Do I Thought
31
Exploratory and Constructive Hypertexts
39
Networks of Woven WaterThe Dangers of Transparency
61
Patterns Out of Disjointedness in Two Hypertext Writing Communities
67
Everyones Story Goes on without Us
85
Empowering Silence and the Electric Book
91
Governance and the City of Text
105
The Textfile as Landscape
159
The Ends of Print Culture a work in progress
173
Artists StatementsGiving Ways before the Touch
185
Hypertext Narrative
189
What Happens as We Go? Hypertext Contour Interactive Cinema Virtual Reality and the Interstitial Arts of Jeffrey Shaw and Grahame Weinbren
199
The Momentary Advantage of Our Awkwardness
219
Interstitial Links and the Contours of Hypertext
227
Descriptive Summaries to Chapter Four
247

Toward a Pedagogy for a New Cosmology
117
Silicon Valley Maoists and Ohio Zen
127
Subversive Texts and the Multiple Novel
135
Dead White Men Also Compute
149
Notes
261
Works Cited
269
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