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WEEK 14—7 Dec Hypertext fiction




“Hypertext fiction is a genre of electronic literature, characterized by the use of hypertext links which provides a new context for non-linearity in “literature” and reader interaction. The reader typically chooses links to move from one node of text to the next, and in this fashion arranges a story from a deeper pool of potential stories.”


Please read/spend time with the following hyperfiction pieces, and make sure the volume on your computer is turned on:


Young-Hae Chan, “Dakota,”


Shelly Jackson, “My Body & a Wunderkammer,”


dane, “him,” and “HELP,”


Caitlin Fisher, “These Waves of Girls,”




How are these stories told? What are the stories? In what ways do such stories alter, surprise, or confound your ideas of reading and making meaning? What do they have in common with traditional narrative and how are they different? What is the reader/viewer’s role in making meaning or creating the story?




Continue and preferably finish writing, revising, and editing your short story. How traditional is your narrative? What demands does it make upon the reader? What does your reader bring to the experience of making meaning from your story, and what might your reader take away from it? How would you like your reader to think, feel, experience as she reads and thinks about it? What can you do in your story to require more participation, thought, connectedness from your reader?




As a comment to your own story, ask a question or two about matters you feel you most need guidance on, and then read through the drafts of your peers’ stories and answer their questions as helpfully as you can.




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