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Rosello, "Screener's Maps" (abstract)

  • Mireille Rosello. "The Screener's Maps: Michel de Certeau's 'Wandersmaenner' and Paul Auster's Hypertextual Detective." Hyper/Text/Theory. Ed. George P. Landow. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1994. 121-58.

In this article Rosello explores the relationship between reading and technology, focusing on the redefinition of the way bodies move or "write themselves" in space. Arguing that the metaphors we use to conceptualize reading are determined by and dependent upon the print medium, she posits an "invisible connection" between reading, defined here as the relationship between the body and the text, and mapping, the relationship between bodies and space. Using two texts, Michel de Certeau's The Practice of Everyday Life and Paul Auster's short story "City of Glass," Rosello proposes a redefinition of our concept of space as a means of overcoming textual expectations and fear or distrust of the unfamiliar that restrict the enabling possibilities of hypertext and cause us to create hypertexts that resemble "unnecessary and rather amateurish replications of great books" (153). This article speaks directly to those whose experience of hypertext seems only to reinforce the dominance of print. (Sarah Wadsworth.)
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Created 29 April 1995

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