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Electronic Text: Selective Annotated Bibliography

Electronic Text: Selective Annotated Bibliography

This bibliography of articles and book chapters about electronic text has been prepared by graduate students in a seminar, English 8710, Studies in Criticism: Electronic Text (University of Minnesota, Spring 1995). The items selected for attention here reflect individual interests and are not supposed to "cover" the field.

Readings that were discussed in the seminar, and that therefore are omitted from the annotated bibliography below, included the following:

  • Auping, Michael. Jenny Holzer. New York: Universe, 1992. -- Lapidary and electronic inscriptions in the art of Jenny Holzer.
  • Landow, George P. Hypertext: The Convergence of Contemporary Critical Theory and Technology. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1991. -- The most influential account of electronic writing to date.
  • Lanham, Richard A. The Electronic Word: Democracy, Technology, and the Arts. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1993. -- A widely-read collection of essays, which relates the new technology of writing to the subversive vitality of classical rhetoric.
  • Ong, Walter J. Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word. New York: Routledge, 1982. -- A concise introduction to the history of orality, manuscript culture, print literacy, and electronic text.
  • Selfe, Cynthia L., and Susan Hilligoss, eds. Literacy and Computers: The Complications of Teaching and Learning with Technology. Research and Scholarship in Composition 2. New York: MLA, 1994. -- Twenty articles on technology and literacy instruction.
  • Tuman, Myron C. Word Perfect: Literacy in the Computer Age. Series in Composition, Literacy, and Culture. Pittsburgh: U of Pittsburgh P, 1992. -- Some implications of electronic text for the teaching of literacy.

A few broadly relevant essays in critical theory are also included in this bibliography, as a supplement at the end.

Supplement: Critical Theory

The following classic essays, written before electronic text became commonplace, suggest ways of framing it.

  • Barthes, Roland. Image, Music, Text. Ed. and trans. Stephen Heath. New York: Hill, 1977.
  • Berger, John. Ways of Seeing. London: Penguin, 1977. Chapter 1; 7-34. Abstract.
  • Foucault, Michel. "What Is an Author?" Twentieth-Century Literary Theory. Ed. Vassilis Lambropoulos and David Neal Miller. Albany: State University Press of New York, 1987. 124-42. Abstract.
  • Wellek, René. "The Mode of Existence of a Literary Work of Art." Twentieth-Century Literary Theory. Ed. Vassilis Lambropoulos and David Neal Miller. Albany: State University Press of New York, 1987. 71-84. Abstract.

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Michael Hancher

Department of English, University of Minnesota

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Created 29 April 1995

Last revised 17 September 1996