Week 5: Hypertext Evaluation

26 09 2007

As you prepare for the hypertext critique, consider your criteria for effective literary hypertexts. There are thousands of years of tradition informing our criteria for effective poetry, drama, and fiction; hypertext has existed for less than fifty years. As a literary form, it has almost no tradition. So, how can we determine whether a hypertext work is any good? What are your criteria for judging a literary hypertext? Consider the four we’ve navigated: Hejirascope, Firefly, Stained Word Window, and Vniverse. What works? What doesn’t? Why?

–dr t




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