Hypertext, say the theorists, is an exciting new--or ancient--structural principle that shatters the manacles of linear thinking and points the way toward a gloriously egalitarian future. It tends to be defined so broadly as to include anything that one can read while standing on one's head; it seems most at home, however, inside a computer (a machine notorious for its nonlinear operations). Perhaps the greatest boon of hypertext is that it provides theoretical justification for not writing something coherent. This paper, for example, consists of a haphazard assemblage of jottings, all of which are more or less related to issues raised by the phenomenon of electronic text, and none of which represents any serious, sustained thought. But oh, what verve!

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Michael Hancher

Department of English, University of Minnesota

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Created 5 March 1996

Last revised 17 September 1996