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Week 11 Poetic Possibilities 2 – the Topographic
Texts: Jay David Bolter, Writing Space (Special Reserve)
‘In place of hierarchy, we have a writing that is only topical: we might also call it ‘topographic’. p25.
‘Paths can, as in a tree structure, indicate subordination.’ p24
‘Electronic writing is both a visual and verbal description. It is not the writing of a place, but rather a writing with places, spatially realised topics. Topographic writing challenges the idea that writing should be merely the servant of spoken language’ p25
Many writers in the 20th C adopted this mode. Note the Lyrical Ballads was an important breakthrough for topographical writing.
The word ‘topographic’ meant a written description of a place originally. Then later referred to mapping and to visual and mathematical rather than the verbal.
Topographies - creative investigations/explorations of place using hypermedia.
out for Iain Sinclair – (Not in the library):
'Time on these excursions should be allowed to unravel at its own speed, that's the whole point of the exercise. To shift away from the culture of consumption into a meandering stream. Cut those wires.' [ii]
hypertextual work (any genre - 500 words approx) of a topographical
What I am looking for is closely observed and detailed good imaginative writing and appropriate use of hypertext techniques.