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Electronic Text: Investigations in Method and Theory

Kathryn Sutherland


Since the 1950s, when Roland Barthes re-expressed the formalist ideal of an open-ended text, there has been much interest among literary critics and theorists of text in the question of what text is and what it gives us access to. The computer storage and electronic dissemination of texts adds a new controversy to the debate: what is the significance of the electronic text for the representation and transmission of knowledge? In its functions as multi-text storer and in its capacity to weave, unweave, and reweave text, the computer lends itself to a variety of later 20th-century theoretic and ... More

Keywords: Roland Barthes, formalist ideal, computer, electronic text, transmission of knowledge, electronic technology, textual studies, authorship, textual criticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198236634
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236634.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathryn Sutherland, editor
St Anne's College, Oxford