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TraversalsThe Use of Preservation for Early Electronic Writing$
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Stuart Moulthrop and Dene Grigar

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035972

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035972.001.0001

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The Archives Pertaining to Bill Bly, Curator and Translator

The Archives Pertaining to Bill Bly, Curator and Translator

(p.203) 5 The Archives Pertaining to Bill Bly, Curator and Translator

Dene Grigar

The MIT Press

This chapter provides a reexamination of Bill Bly hypertext We Descend. Previously criticized for its quality as a work of hypertext fiction, the work instead is recast as a hypertext archive, a compilation of texts relating to four distinct time periods held together through a focus on the character Egderus. Hypertext functions, the chapter argues, as a mechanism for moving through multiple disparate storylines chronicled in “generations of historical documents” and collected over a long period of time. At the heart of We Descend lies the nature of truth and what constitutes authenticity, particularly when evidence itself is questionable and controlled by a political agenda.

Keywords:   Bill Bly, We Descend, Hypertext, Egderus, Multiple storylines, Authenticity, Nature of truth

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