Week 7 — These Waves of Girls

These Waves of Girls by Cailtin Fisher was definitely my favourite of the week 7 readings. This bildungsroman (maybe we can call it that?)  takes the form of a hypertext novella and incorporates a mixture of images and sound clips. I found this reading interesting because it was so interactive.

During the first few minutes of reading I was getting pretty confused because I clicked every link as it came up, which resulted in a really fragmented sense of the plot. After a few minutes I changed my reading strategy and became more selective about the links, reading a whole page and then picking a link based on where I thought/where I wanted the story to go.

Although the fragmented nature of a hypertext novella could seem problematic as a mode of storytelling, I think it works very well for the piece. The story deals with sexuality, childhood, adolescence, etc., which is complicated subject matter on its own, and in presenting the story this way seems to compliment these themes. Since navigating the text is disorienting, it places the reader in a similar frame of mind as the character.

I came across a review of the text by Zach Tomaszewski. The introduction is nice and short (it introduces the idea of a hypertext being a conceptual metaphor) and cites Katherine Hayles.

checkitout 🙂

http://www2.hawaii.edu/~ztomasze/eng394/waves/introduction.html

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3 thoughts on “Week 7 — These Waves of Girls

  1. Good to pay attention to provenance of digital resources!

    Whether written by a student or not (as it pretty clearly is), it seems well informed. It links to another quite different type of e-lit that I would suggest people check out: Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries. One piece that I thnk has a lot ot say about interpellation is this one: http://www.yhchang.com/AH.html You’ll see that this piece takes a very different approach in a range of ways, not least that it doesn’t offer you any choice in terms of path or pace!

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  2. I also had a lot of trouble trying to follow all the paths — I don’t like to leave things unexamined! — but everything got so much better when I did what you did and started getting selective. I haven’t quite finished the whole game yet — I find it a little frightening, honestly, and it’s hard to sit down and play for a long time — but I’m definitely seeing how the fragmented nature helps build this sense of almost-panic that pervades the piece. I think it’s really disorienting, in the best sense of the word.

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