Hypertext and the female imaginary

Pedwell, Carolyn (2012) Hypertext and the female imaginary. Review of: Hypertext and the female imaginary by Odin, Jaishree K.. Feminist Review, 86 . pp. 45-66. ISSN 0141-7789. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1057/fr.2012.2) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Whereas scholars once lauded the utopian possibilities of cyberspace to dissolve embodied markers of gender and race, Jaishree K. Odin argues that a paradigm shift is now required to bring attention back to ‘the embodied status of the human and the situated nature of experience’ (p. ix). Hence, in order to interrogate theoretical conventions that confine us to machinic, technorationalist constructions of the human (and the masculinist and Western-centric assumptions on which they often rely), Hypertext and the Female Imaginary contends that we need new ways of imagining being and subjectivity in all their complexity, fluidity and fragmentation—a task to which electronic media lends itself in extremely thought-provoking ways. This shift, the book suggests, involves conceptualising contemporary social life as a complex ‘topological space where different worlds intersect at different levels’ (p. ix), and where narrative spaces can be opened up for multiple ‘other’ stories to surface. It is this that both Odin and the female hypertext authors, artists and film-makers explored in her book do with considerable insight and ingenuity.

Item Type: Review
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ1236 Gender Politics
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Carolyn Pedwell
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2014 15:38 UTC
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2017 11:22 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/42877 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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