From text to hypertext: Constance Fenimore Woolson's “Wilhelmina”
Barbara Kraley Youel, Case Western Reserve University, United States
Case Western Reserve University . Awarded
A hypertext edition has the ability to transcend the traditional boundaries of a printed text. Such an edition can electronically link to other books, articles, and audio and visual resources; it provides nonlinear access to a multi-media network, not available in printed texts. The nucleus of this dissertation is a hypertext edition of Constance Fenimore Woolson's 1875 short story, “Wilhelmina.” Available on both a CD-ROM and on the World Wide Web, this edition is intended primarily for teachers and students of American literature who wish to know more about Woolson, her writing, and the 1992 Anthology of Western Reserve Literature. An introduction, intended for teachers of this and similar texts in the schools, discusses the creation of a hypertext edition by (1) situating “Wilhelmina” with Woolson's other “Zoar texts,” and reviewing its prior versions, (2) explaining the rationale for moving this text into hypertext, (3) providing a commentary on the making of this hypertext version, and (4) discussing the future of this hypertext edition. The full text of “Wilhelmina” in hypertext on CD-ROM includes both internal and external hyperlinks, commentary, guided questions, and still images.*
*This dissertation includes a CD that is compound (contains both a paper copy and a CD as part of the dissertation). The CD requires the following applications: Windows 95/98 or better; Internet access.
Youel, B.K. From text to hypertext: Constance Fenimore Woolson's “Wilhelmina”. Ph.D. thesis, Case Western Reserve University.
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