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Annotating a Text: Literary Theory and Electronic Hypertext

Claire Lamont

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Published in print December 1997 | ISBN: 9780198236634
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679315 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236634.003.0003
Annotating a Text: Literary Theory and Electronic Hypertext

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There have been two major developments in recent years which bring the problems of annotation to the forefront of critical attention. The first is a growing awareness of the theoretical problems of annotation in the light of modern literary theory; and the second is the development of the electronic hypertext which has promised easier access to a larger quantity of annotation than has been possible in the traditionally printed book. This chapter considers annotation as it has traditionally been practised in the light of these challenges, modern literary theory and the electronic hypertext. It suggests that one of the aims of annotation is to remove obscurity. The annotator will recognise different sorts of obscurity to the text, others the result of the reader's experience.

Keywords: annotation; literary theory; electronic hypertext; obscurity; annotator; text

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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