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Borges and his Legacy in Hyperfiction: A Study Through the Lenses of Deleuze and Guattan's Rhizome Theory

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Perla Sassón-Henry

United States Naval Academy
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Jorge Luis Borges’ fiction has been an inspiration for hypertext fiction writers since the inception of this relatively new genre in the mid-eighties. Hyperfiction invokes a new kind of reading. Created on the computer to be read on the computer, this new type of literature challenges the reader to traverse a series of “lexias” – chapters, blocks, or electronic spaces – that give way to an intricate and complex narrative. According to Robert Coover, “by the mid-1980’s hyperspace was drawing fiction writers into its intricate and infinitely expandable, infinite alluring webs, its green-limned gardens of multiple forking paths, to allude to another author popular with hypertext buffs, Jorge Luis Borges.” In 1987, Stuart Moulthrop developed “forking paths” for an undergraduate writing class held at New York University. Although this hypertext experiment based on Borges’ “The Garden of Forking Paths” has remained unpublished “a schematic listing of the ‘forking paths’ hypertext created in Story Space” (Moulthrop, “Concerning ‘forking paths’”) can be found on the CD accompanying The New Media Reader. By 1991, Moulthrop had also published Victory Garden, which is in the words of its author, “in some respects a Borgesian pastiche with roots planted all too obviously in that great detective story” (Mouthrop, “Concerning “forking paths”).
How to Cite: Sassón-Henry, P., (2007). Borges and his Legacy in Hyperfiction: A Study Through the Lenses of Deleuze and Guattan's Rhizome Theory. Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies. 18(1), pp.148–156. DOI: http://doi.org/10.23870/60
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Published on 01 Jan 2007.
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