Writing & Teaching In Cyberspace

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Hypertext Theory & Criticism

The Electronic Labyrinth by Christopher Keep, Tim McLaughlin, Robin Parmar.
Includes: Hypertext Terminology, Re-thinking the Book, Writing and Reading Electronic Hypertexts, Literary Formats: From Manuscripts to Electronic Texts, The Non-Linear Tradition in Literature, Software Environments. Guide to Publications

Theory, criticism, readings and reviews

A Hypertext Journal
An experimental travelogue

IPL Online LIterary Criticism Collection

Reconsidering Reader Utopia in Hypertext Fiction by Jeff Partridge
"Hypertext fiction (or literary Hypertext) has been described by its theorists and authors alike as a clear break from the print paradigm. They argue that unlike the linear, hierarchical construction of print fiction, hypertext fiction is constructed as non-linear (or multilinear), rhizomatic, nomadic, borderless and combinatory. "The new electronic literature," writes Robert Kendall, "breaks the bonds of linearity and stasis imposed by paper." Includes: Reader Utopia, Writerly Reading, Authorial Control, Delillo's Screen

Storyteller, A Collaborative Creative Writing Project

Media & Technology Criticism

The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Walter Benjamin
"Even the most perfect reproduction of a work of art is lacking in one element: its presence in time and space, its unique existence at the place where it happens to be. This unique existence of the work of art determined the history to which it was subject throughout the time of its existence..."

"Marshall Mcluhan" (1911-1980) by Sam Ebersole
"Marshall McLuhan, once referred to as the "Oracle of the Electronic Age", is perhaps best known for his phrase turned into book title, The Medium is the Massage..."

"Understanding the Tactile Nature of Electric Sensibility in Virtual Environments" by Rita Lauria
"Visual space is the abstract, non-experiential realm of concept, constructed since the time of the Greek geometers. Visual space has engulfed our sensibility since then and has existed as the ground from which we orient and take direction."

The Agenbite of Outwit by Marsahll McLuhan
"With the telegraph Western man began a process of putting his nerves outside his body. Previous technologies had been extensions of physical organs: the wheel is a putting-outside-ourselves of the feet; the city wall is a collective outering of the skin. But electronic media are, instead, extensions of the central nervous system, an inclusive and simultaneous field..."

"Reading & the Future of Private Identity" by Marshall McLuhan
",,,the book is obsolete."

"Further Thoughts on Icons" by Marshall McLuhan
"The TV camera is a Cyclops, a one-eyed monster, which merges the gestalt of figure and ground and turns the viewer into a kind of hunter. Unlike the movie, TV does not favour escapism or dream life. It is an inner, existential trip..."

"A Last Look at the Tube" by Marshall McLuhan
"With TV, Shakespeare's 'All the World's a stage' flips into 'all the stage is a world', in which there is no audience and everybody has become an actor, or participant.."

"[Walter] Benjamin, the televisual and the 'fascistic subject'" by Alan Meeks
"The "thrill of technomastery" (5) offered to the domestic public by CNN coverage of Desert Storm also returns us to the televisual mode of infotainment as central to the question of the fascistic subject..."

Media & the "Global Village:" Myth or Reality?  by J. Rowse
"Whether it is bombs being dropped upon Baghdad or Italy being defeated in a world cup, many people around the world can share the same moment. McLuhan's "simultaneous happening" is indeed a reality. The question to pose is what effects does this connectiveness have upon people and cultures?..."

The News, Realism & Narrative Form

Teaching In Cyberspace

"Discursive Constructions of Web Learning and Education" by Roger Boshier & Chia Mun Onn
"Discourse constructs the 'realities' of educational practice. Web learning and education are being shaped by techno-utopianism, techno-cynicism, techno-zealotry, and techno-structuralism. The Web is an important instrument of distance education or open learning, but developments are impeded by the dominance of techno-utopian discourse..."

"Educational Journeys on the Web frontier:Teaching your students where to go and how to get there"
by Ben Shneiderman
"The Web utopians promise low-cost distance learning, virtual universities-without-walls, and lively student interaction by videoconferencing. The Web worriers predict commercial sell-outs, universities-without-souls, and the end of academia as we know it. But the next semester is about to begin and our courageous professor must decide soon about where to go and how to get there..."

English Matters-Hypertext & New Media is a journal published by George Mason University and is a place "where language meets hypermedia. They invite teachers and students of English who are questioning and creating new texts and pedagogies on the web to browse through, linger over, and contribute to this collection of essays, exhibits, and performances."


American Lit and English Resources
"This bibliography attempts to highlight some of the major internet sites for American and English Literature. Included are world wide web sites, gopher sites, listservs, newsgroups and homepages of various authors. "

I-Search--Guiding Students to Relevent Research

Language Arts Mini-Lessons for Teachers
Youth net-contains intereactive learning projects for K-12

Society for the Authorship of Reading & Publishing Links Hub
Hundreds of resources, call for papers notices re: the history of print culture

University of North Carolina Writing Resources
Contains and extensive list of writing links

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More writing and grammar links and materials for teachers and students

Writing Assessment: A position Statement

Against Interpretation, Susan Sonntag