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January 19th, 2007


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retrospection_
04:59 pm - An introduction and an ask for interview
Greetings all.

My name is Sarah and I'm a senior Lit major at the University of Pittsburgh. I first noticed this new trend in hypertext reading when the Dracula novel was featured on the LJ spotlight. I was immediately drawn to the unique style of this reading and the possible implications it has for the readers understanding and interaction with the text.

In fact, i wanted to explore the topic in a paper, but writing a paper for no reason is pretty dorky.

So I was thrilled to find that the topic for my senior thesis class this semester is The Book: From manuscript to hypertext. This topic relates DIRECTLY to what I'd like to explore.

In that vein, I'm interested in talking to people about their experiences with hypertext serialization of epistolary novels. If you were a participant in this sort of reading (or especially if you were a moderator who was actually POSTING these entries) I'd love to be able to pick your brain about the topic.

I don't have a formalized survey yet, but if you would be willing to be involved in my research (which shouldn't amount to more than a few emails) I'd love to hear from you at SMP34 at pitt dot edu.

Also, if there are more active communities in which I could plead for participants, please let me know.

Thanks. I'm very excited to be researching such a new development of textual interaction.

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From:elfbystarlight
Date:January 19th, 2007 11:23 pm (UTC)
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Writing a paper for no reason is dorky?

Or, you know, what we do for fun. One or the other. Hi :)
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From:retrospection_
Date:January 20th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
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well yeah. Perhaps its more that if I'm not able to get credit for it, its going to cost me more money in the long run.
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From:elettaria
Date:January 20th, 2007 09:45 pm (UTC)
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I'll put up a note in epistolary_mods waving people over. That's where we all hang out. Clarissa, sadly, didn't show up for this year, too big a job and not enough got done in time, but I was involved with the setting up and running of three others (there was also Carmilla in gothic_lit, of which two were duplicated in Spanish. Would you like me to stick up notes in the communities where the readings were done?
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From:elettaria
Date:January 20th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
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Oh, and out of the communities which were involved, the only one with open posting access was gothic_lit, so you can put up a note there yourself. The Carmilla reading was there, and many of the Dracula readers are members too.
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From:retrospection_
Date:January 20th, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)
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oh please do. The more thoughts and opinions the better. Its a very new idea (as far as I know) so there isn't much scholarship yet and so i'll have to do a lot of first hand research.

And I will go post on gathic lit.
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From:elettaria
Date:January 20th, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC)
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I'm still dead flattered that I'm involved in something someone's writing a thesis on!

You might want to correct the typo, you've written "IMMMEDIATLY". I'll e-mail you in a mo.
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From:elettaria
Date:January 20th, 2007 11:46 pm (UTC)
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Actually, you wrote it with two Ms not three, but sod's law dictates that when someone is pointing out a typo, they will make one themselves.
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From:retrospection_
Date:January 21st, 2007 03:44 am (UTC)
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ha. yes, thats true. Editing now.

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