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Reviewed by
Douglas Eyman


Maggie Skodon

      The opening Storyspace link map of Maggie Skodon's "Rhizome" is nearly opaque with link paths; every lexia links to every other lexia in this rhizomatic hypertext. The links, however, are not specified within the lexia, so each lexia becomes a smooth tunnel leading to other, unknown, lexia--such is the rhizomatic nature of the hypertext. In "Rhizome," Skodon argues that " writing forms a rhizome with the world. Semiotic theory forms a rhizome with writing, as its supplement. If so, such theory is bound to influence writing, make it and its writers self conscious." Like Meyer's "Plateaus," "Rhizome" draws heavily on the work of Deleuze and Guattari, as well as Derrida. In fact, Skodon connects some of her lexia to lexia from "Plateaus," reacting to his responses to the theorists' ideas. (I was surprised that this dialogue mode, which seems so natural to hypertext, was not exploited more between the various hypertexts.)

  • Food for Thought
    Jane Park

  • An Evening at Roy's
    Roy Perlis

  • Bodily Writing
    Anne Pycha

  • The Hero's Face
    Joshua Rappaport

  • Rhizome
    Maggie Skodon

  • Freud Web
    David B. Stevenson

  • LBJ
    Timothy Taylor

  • Adam's Bookstore
    Adam Wenger

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