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Feral hypertexts?

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I can't guarantee to you that my reason for linking to this entry over at Jill's has anything behind it other than the fact that I like the word "feral."

Okay, there's a little more to it than that. First of all, I almost always find that Jill and I are on the same screen when it comes to things like:

Perhaps it is more useful to think about new kinds of textuality as more akin to performances than to the texts produced in the 19th century.

It doesn't hurt that I'm currently working my belated way through Craig Saper's Networked Art, which makes a similar point. Or that I'm right at a point in my manuscript revisions where I need to elaborate on this idea. No, none of that hurts.

Second, I like that Jill's wrestling with what seems to be a pretty counter-intuitive pair of ideas: feral hypertexts are ones that are out of control, and she's discussing in this entry the prospect of developing critical editions for such texts, critical editions being one of the ways that academia exerts control upon a text. I'd say more about how she works in and out of this paradox, but then, that would spoil the surprise, wouldn't it?

Third, I really really am fond of the word "feral."

That's all for the moment. I still have to throw up my review of the Brothers Grimm, but I'm thinking maybe that'll keep until the morrow.



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