Landow, G.P. (2006). Hypertext 3.0: Critical theory and new media in an era of globalization. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP.
Landow’s book is an excellent overview of the primary aspects of hypertext theory, and would be a solid main textbook in any textual history or digital text seminar. The primary aspects are grouped in eight sections:
- Hypertext: An Introduction — covering definitions, lexias, general history (Bush, etc.), and general connections to books and the print revolution.
- Hypertext and Critical Theory — the usual PoMo suspects (Derrida, Deleuze & Guattari, etc.), decentering and nonlinearity, convergence/confluence.
- Reconfiguring the Text — weblogs, visual elements, animation, dispersion, complications presented by open text
- Reconfiguring the Author — a condensed version of authorship theory as applied to digital environments. Nothing new here, but it’s a good intro to the subject.
- Reconfiguring Writing — writing pedagogy and problems in new media environments
- Reconfiguring Narrative — Issues presented by the choose-your-own-adventure aspects of hypertext environments, with several examples/case studies
- Reconfiguring Literary Education — researching and teaching literacy in hypertext enviornments
- The Politics of Hypertext: Who Controls the Text? — Postcolonialism, access, pornography, copyright, surveillance. IMHO, so much is shoehorned into this section that it becomes a mishmash, but there’s hardly room for proper attention to all of these issues.
The most useful sections for me are the first two, which provide further resources for areas I’ve been exploring: linking taxonomies, analogues to book history, and rhizomatic theory.
(B - If you need elaboration on any aspect of this, please let me know. Since the text is an overview of hypertext theory, any section of it could be blown up into a book, and that makes it hard to cover specifics. Plus, I'm not sure how much of this is useful to you.)