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My theory and practice of academic hypertext course is informed by theoretical work on hypertext and composition. The course (and my discussion of it here) is situated at the intersection of two overlapping literatures that speak the impact of new media generally (and hypertext specifically) on writing. The first literature concerns itself with the relationship between the visual and the textual. For authors such as Johanna Drucker (2002) and Michele S. Shauf (2001), a principal concern with hypertext authorship involves the relationship between the written word and its meaning. This relationship is multi-faceted, to be sure, and it is not my aim here to speak directly to that linkage. The second relevant literature addresses the impact of hypertext on linearity, a potentially necessary element in academic writing. George Landow's (1992) theorization of hypertext is seminal in this regard. But Bolter (1991;1998), Kolb (1994), Janangelo (1998), and others seem to me more practically useful for those working to enact theory in the composition of academic hypertexts.



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#FFFFFF, #000000, & #808080: Hypertext Theory and WebDev in the Composition Classroom
Michael J. Cripps, York College, City University of New York