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My name is Dr. Hava Ritter-Cohen. My Ph.D. thesis is about literature and computers, “Literary Hypertext: The Electronic Attempt to Break Textual Norms”, and was just published in a Kindel format. These two subjects, literature and computers, which seem miles apart, come together in narrative. Literature, as is obvious, deals mostly with narrative, with stories. How do computers come into it? Computers have become a tool for producing a story. At the beginning, computers replaced the typing machines, which in their turn replaced handwriting – all are technologies for creating and publishing stories. We can find short stories, legends and myths, poetry and drama, and even novels on the Internet. Project Gutenberg , for example, places at our disposal most of the classic fiction; we just need the time and patience to read it. I concentrated on a special writing technique, which computer science, and nowadays everyone calls hypertext.
What does hypertext mean exactly? Hypertext is the kind of text with links that take us to other pages, like the text we are used to on the Internet. For example, the name Project Gutenberg is a link to the project. Computers enable the concrete realization of the inter-text and outer-text relations and connections. Some researchers see different kinds of connections within the text, like allusions to other texts, as the equivalent of the hypertext link. Computers allow the externalization, the open presentation of those relations.
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