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Introduction

Kathryn Sutherland

in Electronic Text

Published in print December 1997 | ISBN: 9780198236634
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679315 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236634.003.0001
Introduction

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Why the debate about the electronic representation of text is so vital has less to do with what electronic technology really does and more to do with the fact that it furthers the impossibility of textual, literary, and cultural critics assuming and defending the separateness of their activities: electronic representation enacts the inclusiveness of text. The fact of electronic text is necessarily part of that renewed interest in what text is which has characterised cultural and literary debate. For Roland Barthes, ‘text’ signifies a redistribution of control from the object to the activity. For Julia Kristeva, ‘intertext’ extends the properties of text codes which are social and not necessarily written or printed. What is woven as text can be material and ideological across a wide range.

Keywords: text; electronic text; Roland Barthes; object; activity; Julia Kristeva; intertext; text codes

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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