PRINT November 1991


Writing Space

Writing Space: The Computer, Hypertext, and the History of Writing, by Jay David Bolter. Hillsdale, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum, 1991, 258 pp.

IN THE ACT OF WRITING, the writer externalizes his or her thoughts. The writer enters into a reflective and reflexive relationship with the written page, a relationship in which thoughts are bodied forth. It becomes difficult to say where thinking ends and writing begins, where the mind ends and the writing space begins. With any technique of writing—on stone or clay, papyrus or paper, and particularly on the computer screen—the writer comes to regard the mind itself as a writing space.

The thesis of Jay David Bolter’s book is that the way we organize our writing space is the way we come to organize our thoughts, and in time becomes the way in which we think the world itself must be organized. Bolter, who teaches in the Classics Department at the University

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