What Hypertext is Not Bound to Do: Digital Decisions in the Literary Humanities


"What Hypertext is Not Bound To Do" examines some of the prevailing views of information and communication technologies held by instructors in the literary humanities. The author begins by discussing issues raised by instructors skeptical of information technology's new role in the teaching of literature. These issues include the role of the instructor, quality of online resources, loss of a book-based concept of literacy, ability to change digital text, and hypertext's subversion of linear text. The author then outlines the arguments for the benefits of teaching with technology in the humanities. These benefits allow more interaction between instructors and students, enable readers to customize text to fit their needs, allow writers to collaborate when creating a text, and encourage a more student-centered environment.

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