Feminist Adventures in Hypertext

Abstract

Through a discussion of the intentions behind two hypertext works, Ruth Tringham’s Chimera Web and Rosemary Joyce’s Sister Stories, we present an argument that the new digital media offer unique opportunities for feminist archaeology to realize some of its deepest values. Through the medium of hypermedia and hypertext (multilinear) narratives the complexities of the feminist practice of archaeology (including its multivocal interpretive process) can be grasped, enjoyed, and participated in by a non-archaeological audience more fluidly than in traditional linear texts. We draw attention to the way in which recent developments in digital technology, especially through the Internet, have transformed our ability to share freely the fruits of our creative thought with an ever-expanding audience.

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    The Nova film on the Vikings used various effective re-enactments. The companion website to the video can be found at: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/vikings/.

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    A number of examples have been discussed in both Carlson (1998) and Chippindale and Champion (1997).

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    See also my collaborative paper with Michael Ashley on the theoretical positioning of such re-purposing at: http://chimeraspider.wordpress.com/2007/03/01/beyond-etext-remediated-places-draft-1/.

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Joyce, R.A., Tringham, R.E. Feminist Adventures in Hypertext. J Archaeol Method Theory 14, 328–358 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10816-007-9036-2

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  • Hypertext
  • Multimedia
  • Representation
  • Feminist critique