I N D E X
A small History of the Book, or, how its Past relates to the Topic at Hand
Some thoughts on Nonlinearity in Literature
An Analysis of narrative in Comix, and the work of Alan Moore [new section, July 2005]
Nonlinearity as it relates to Form and Function in the Book Arts
A discussion of Dreams, Memory, and the Cinema
Several amusing Tricks and Games, which Employ various aspects of Nonlinearity
A discussion of the Possibilities for the Future of the Book in the present Electronic Age
A Bibliography, and list of Web Resources relating to Nonlinearity [updated July 2005]
If you are Curious, please Consult our List of Seldom Asked Questions
For those needing Aid in Navigation, and for those merely Curious about our Methods &/or Intentions, we have Provided an Assistance Page
Please consult our Credits if you are Curiousabout the origins of this Page or how Properly to Cite our Work
F   O   Y   E   R
i s   i t   a   b o o k ?
In which you will find a number of Discussions on the Nonlinearity of certain parts of Ancient and Modern Literature, and Arts, together with illustrations and descriptions of same, brought together here with the idea of enhancing a greater understanding and appreciation of these Arts, especially with a view to how they may enhance the Life of the Mind.
"'Begin at the beginning,' the King said gravely,' and go on till you come to the end: then stop.'"
- Lewis Carroll, Alice in wonderland
What is the psychological weight of text? We would like to consider how the printed word changes as it is presented in different methods. The process of reading is effectively an act of translation; so how can the author, publisher or presenter affect the quality of this translation?
Do you feel differently about this word than this one? By stressing the second word, have we changed its meaning? Clearly the presentation of text has very much to do with the character of its consumption. If merely italicizing a single word can change the cadence of a sentence in the reader's mind, imagine what bolder experiments with format and presentation can do.
With this webpage we will explore some of the possibilities for affecting the perception of text. We are pleased to present an overview of graphic text representation in Western culture, look at nonlinearity in literature and in the book arts, and share some thoughts about the future of text and the book in the new electronic age.
We hope you enjoy making this journey with us - we are delighted to have the chance to explore these issues in some depth and glad to share our virtual journey with you. Read on!
This site was originally created during the months of November & December, 1997;
and last touched July 2005.
All original work within these pages was created 1997-2005, by Emily-Jane Dawson, Karen Drayne (a.k.a. Powell), and Barbara Davison, except the essay on Comix, which was written by Kristian Williams. Please consult our Credits page for more information.
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