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Appears in Collections:Communications, Media and Culture Conference Papers and Proceedings
Peer Review Status: Refereed
Authors: Rowberry, Simon
Contact Email: simon.rowberry@stir.ac.uk
Title: Vladimir Nabokov's Pale Fire: The Lost 'father of all hypertext Demos'?
Citation: Rowberry S (2011) Vladimir Nabokov's Pale Fire: The Lost 'father of all hypertext Demos'? In: HT 2011 - Proceedings of the 22nd ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia, New York: ACM. HT2011: 22nd ACM conference on Hypertext and hypermedia, 6.6.2011 - 9.6.2011, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, pp. 319-323.
Issue Date: 2011
Conference Name: HT2011: 22nd ACM conference on Hypertext and hypermedia
Conference Dates: 2011-06-06T00:00:00Z
Conference Location: Eindhoven, the Netherlands
Abstract: In 1969, Ted Nelson worked with IBM at Brown University on an early hypertext system, during which time he gained permission to use Vladimir Nabokov’s highly unconventional and hypertextual novel, Pale Fire (1962) as a technical demonstration of hypertext’s potential. Unfortunately, the idea was dismissed, and thus never demonstrated publicly. This paper re-considers Pale Fire’s position in hypertext history, and posits that if it was used in this early hypertext demonstration, it would have been the ‘father of all hypertext demonstrations’ to complement Douglas Engelbart’s ‘Mother of All Demos’ in 1968. In order to demonstrate the significance of Pale Fire’s hypertextuality and Nelson’s ambitions to use it, this paper will explore its hypertextual structure, the implication thereof for the novel and evaluate its success as a hypertext compared to electronic systems.
Type: Conference Paper
Status: Book Chapter: author post-print (pre-copy editing)
Rights: Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository; published by ACM Publishing The final publication is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1995966.1996008
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/21810
URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1995966.1996008
Affiliation: Communications, Media and Culture

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