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ERIC Number: ED405598
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Personal Anthropology: Living and Writing in a Hypertextual Environment.
Metzler, Mark
A hypertext entitled "Reading the Map" comes from the exploration of an individual's own life. Observations, experiences, whatever comes to mind, become part of the text. This constant addition of information adds physically to the text, making a perceived move outward into the social. However, this additional information actually moves experience inward, so individuals can learn more about themselves. Added experiences are actually being peeled to reveal what is underneath. With an open hypertext like "Reading the Map," the experience is similar--though not exact--for each reader/writer, or used in the composition classroom, for each student. Further, a hypertext can tear away common and individual cultural influences to help in the reader/writer's search for an organic whole. In "Reading the Map," layers of meaning are torn away through a metacritical approach aimed at finding what is underneath a poem, for example. Every time a writer adds to the text in trying to explain its meaning, it increases the possibility of the text's ultimate reconstruction individually and culturally. The reader/writer should be able to change or modify any part of the hypertext, whether the words are personal or Shakespeare's--an idea that is a problem to many scholars. On one level, "Reading the Map" is personal history. On another it is collective because it allows people to react and respond, to actually alter the text. It is an open hypertext. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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