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Saturday, August 05, 2006
 
Hyper/Text etc. and Scholarly Communication ::

Found this 2001 article with the intriguing titole "Hypertext And The Scholarly Archive - Paratexts, Metatexts And Intertexts At Work" (HTML : PDF) by Danish scholar Rune Dalgaard. (HT to Alex Soojung-Kim Pang of the always stimulating and thought provoking The End of Cyberspace blog.)

Rune argues:
With the Web, hypertext has become the paradigmatic rhetorical structure of a global and distributed archive. This paper argues that the scholarly archive is going though a process of hypertextualization that is not adequately accounted for in theories on hypertext.
and uses Genette for a theoretical framework to reject
the reductionist opposition of hypertext and the fixed linear text, in favor of a study of the intertexts, paratexts and metatexts that work at the interface between texts and archive.
since I'm busy getting students in The Bible in an Electronic Context thinking about just this reductionist opposition this paper comes to my attention at an opportune moment.

Of particular interest to me though, since I long ago argued that the sequential/plurisequential distinction was a convenient fiction, is his section: "Medium, Genre And Link" where he discusses and draws my attention to Joshua Meyrowitz' useful distinction between "medium, rhetorical structure and contents" this terminology might have been helpful when I was writing the paper that became "Form, Medium and Function: the Rhetorics and Poetics of Text and Hypertext in Humanities Publishing" especially the section "Hypertext rhetorics and poetics".

Those students are just starting to explore blogging, so soon I'll be posting links here to their blogs, and I wonder if some of them will read this and digest the Dalgaard article before I do!? (It is another busy weekend, following another busy week, with NINE meetings as well as most of the usual tasks of a teacher in early semester mode!)


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