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Writing Space

Computers, Hypertext, and the Remediation of Print, 2nd Edition

By Jay David Bolter


246 pages

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This second edition of Jay David Bolter's classic text expands on the objectives of the original volume, illustrating the relationship of print to new media, and examining how hypertext and other forms of electronic writing refashion or "remediate" the forms and genres of print. Reflecting the dynamic changes in electronic technology since the first edition, this revision incorporates the Web and other current standards of electronic writing. As a text for students in composition, new technologies, information studies, and related areas, this volume provides a unique examination of the computer as a technology for reading and writing.


Comments on the first edition:

"Bolter has provided a superbly clear, thorough, and theoretically sophisticated discussion of the computer as a medium for writing, as contextualized within the history of writing."

Journal of Communication

Comments on the first edition:

"This is a notable book, essential to a balanced understanding of the role played by the computer in the development of literature and thought in our time."

American Scientist

Comments on the first edition:

"What makes this a fascinating study is the way in which the author throughout compares and contrasts electronic writing and its tacit presuppositions with the values and strategies of earlier writing technologies."

Religious Studies Review

"The second edition of Writing Space will serve as a touchstone text for readers who haven't read the first edition and perhaps would be most useful in undergraduate or graduate classes that focus on the historical context of hypertext studies."

Technical Communication Quarterly

Praise for the first edition:

"This book combines a deep understanding of technology and of the history of literature and culture, making it unique in depth, breadth, understanding--and therefore, unique in its importance to all of us, be we humanist, technologist, or just everyday reader."

Donald Norman

University of California at San Diego; author, The Design of Everyday Things

Praise for the first edition:

"It may well be that Writing Space does for electronic writing what Gutenberg did for print."

Brian Eno

in Art Forum

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. Introduction: Writing in the Late Age of Print. Writing as Technology. Hypertext and the Remediation of Print. The Breakout of the Visual. The Electronic Book. Refashioned Dialogues. Interactive Fiction. Critical Theory in a New Writing Space. Writing the Self. Writing Culture. The Web Site.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies