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Summary: Jane Yellowlees-Douglas’ “What Interactive Narratives Do That Print Narratives Cannot.”

In this article, Yellowlees-Douglas talks about “hypertext” fiction and evaluates how interactive narratives differ from print narratives. In terms of reader experience, Yellowlees-Douglas begins by exploring the long-established definition of hypertexts as “nonsequential writing with reader-controlled links.” She then questions how exactly readers can participate in something non-sequentially, considering that language is inherently sequential. Hypertexts … Continue reading

Response: Hypertextuality–Beneficial or Damaging?

Ilana Snyder makes a very compelling argument about the changes in textuality and the growing values of hypertext in the chapter “Reconceiving Textuality.” However, there are negative and damaging aspects to hypertext that she never considers. Snyder completely disregards the value of authorial intent. Although, hypertextuality is appreciated because it is a “democratization of access … Continue reading