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Reviewed by
Douglas Eyman

Circular Voice(s)

John P. Garland

      Garland's "Circular Voices" provides an interesting deconstruction of Derrida's theories; as he describes it, Garland's hypertext ". . . explores both the extreme circularity of all-encompassing text and Jacques Derrida's slips into logocentrism." The juxtaposition of simultaneously using and critiquing Derrida's position would seem awkward in another medium, but Garland pulls it off in hypertext. He argues that "if each body of text in some way refers to another text, a true individual voice is impossible," and explains that "to exaggerate this point I borrow heavily form a few works of fiction and non fiction." His selection of texts include D.H. Lawrence, T.S. Eliot, David Hoy, Anthony Burgess, George Orwell, J.R.R. Tolkein, and KazuoIshiguro--an interesting mix, to say the least.

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