George P. Landow

George P. Landow is Professor of English and Art History at Brown University.

  • The Digital Word

    Text-Based Computing in the Humanities

    George P. Landow and Paul Delany

    This book explores the larger realm of the knowledge infrastructure where texts are received, reconstructed, and sent over global networks.

    The sixteen essays collected in The Digital Word continue Landow and Delany's exploration of the new fluid, digitized text begun in Hypermedia and Literary Studies (1991), which focused on the linking of text, graphics, or sound into structures typically bound within a single computer or local-area network. This book explores the larger realm of the knowledge infrastructure where texts are received, reconstructed, and sent over global networks. It covers text management, textual resources and communication, and working with texts.

    In their introductory essay, Landow and Delany address the impact of such developments as the dematerialization of text (which exists only as a piece of code) and the manipulability of text-based computing (searches, editing, comparison, and analysis), which shifts the balance of power from text to reader. Digital texts; the law, sources, distribution, and management of texts; and the need for new procedures that will make explorations of the boundless universe of text more effective are touched on as well.

    Current examinations of text management include the FreeText Project and personal information retrieval, a taxonomy of text-management software, and markup systems (including a clear, authoritative discussion of Standard Generalized Markup Languages). Essays in the next section take up such disparate aspects of textual resources and communications as corpus-based linguistics, networked library services, personal docuverses for the individual scholar, and the new forms of scholarly communications created by electronic mail and electronic conferencing. A concluding section on working with texts surveys what has been variously called computer criticism, computer-aided criticism, and electronic text analysis in relation to textual editing, literary interpretation, and our practice of reading and writing in an electronic age.

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  • Hypermedia and Literary Studies

    Hypermedia and Literary Studies

    Paul Delany and George P. Landow

    The essays in Hypermedia and Literary Studies discuss the theoretical and practical opportunities and challenges posed by the convergence of hypermedia systems and traditional written texts.

    Consider a work from Shakespeare. Imagine, as you read it, being able to call up instantly the Elizabethan usage of a particular word, variant texts for any part of the work, critical commentary, historically relevant facts, or oral interpretations by different sets of actors. This is the sort of richly interconnected, immediately accessible literary universe that can be created by hypertext (electronically linked texts) and hypermedia (the extension of linkages to visual and aural material). The essays in Hypermedia and Literary Studies discuss the theoretical and practical opportunities and challenges posed by the convergence of hypermedia systems and traditional written texts. They range from the theory and design of literary hypermedia to reports of actual hypermedia projects from secondary school to university and from educational and scholarly to creative applications in poetry and fiction.

    Contents Hypertext, Hypermedia, and Literary Studies • Theory • Reading and Writing the Electronic Book • From Electronic Books to Electronic Libraries: Revisiting "Reading and Writing the Electronic Book." • The Rhetoric of Hypermedia: Some Rules for Authors • Topographic Writing: Hypertext and the Electronic Writing Space • Reading from the Map: Metonymy and Metaphor in the Fiction of "Forking Paths." • Poem Descending a Staircase: Hypertext and the Simultaneity of Experience • Reading Hypertext: Order and Coherence in a New Medium • Threnody: Psychoanalytic Digressions on the Subject of Hypertexts • Applications • Biblical Studies and Hypertext • Ancient Materials, Modern Media: Shaping the Study of Classics with Hypertext • Linking Together Books: Adapting Published Material into Intermedia Documents • The Shakespeare Project • The Emblematic Hyperbook • HyperCard Stacks for Fielding's Joseph Andrews: Issues of Design and Content • Hypertext for the PC: The Rubén Dario Project • Hypermedia in Schools

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