Thursday, September 25, 2008
Although you may want to watch Robert Coover's A History of the Future of Narrative on the Electronic Literature Foundation's site, his title is misleading and is more like a history of narrative and technology. If he were really talking about a history of the future of narrative, he would be talking about past directions and predictions that may or may not have come to pass, roads developed and not, dead ends, even maguffins (a sort of "history of the idea of the future"). For example, the predictions for hypertext fifteen years ago have been vastly modified with new technological advances. For a more interesting read on the history of narrative, look at Alberto Manguel's A History of Reading.