Widespread electronic networking has renewed some perplexing questions about the status and function of text:
Does the text speak for itself? Does it depend on or construct the authority of an author, or community of authors? How does gender inflect text? What difference does the reader make? Whose text is it? Who can read it? Who has the right to copy it? How can the text change, or stay the same? Can texts be adequately described or reproduced? Can texts err? Are texts displaced or changed by images? How do they relate to other texts? How long can a text last?This seminar will investigate many of these and related questions as reframed by the phenomenon of electronic text.
Readings will be excerpted from books-in-common (parts of which will be read by all students), supplementary books (reported on by some students), and various electronic-text archives. Some relevant titles:
Michael Hancher Department of English, University of Minnesota URL: http://umn.edu/home/mh/prosjsse.html Comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org Created 12 January 1996 Last revised 17 September 1996