The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction
Author's Notes
    This essay was written for a Literary Theory class at the University of Pennsylvania taught by Professor John-Michel Rabate. Although the assignment was submitted for grading on April 28, 1999, I still consider it a work in progess, and comments and/or suggestions are most welcome - please don't hesitate to email me.

    One of the most interesting aspects of composing an essay in hypertext rather than simply uploading a finished product was the ability to receive comments on my various drafts from friends via ICQ and Instant Messenger. While reading my document online, they were able to make suggestions that I could implement - or discard - instantly (click here for an example exchange). This is a much more dynamic form of feedback than proofing hard copy.

    I expect this essay to grow and change as my understanding of hypermedia increases. In particular, I hope to expand my bibliography to the point where it may reasonably be advertised as a useful academic resource for hypermedia theorists. Again, comments on my presently cited sources and suggestions for additional links would be much appreciated.

Lydia Pottle '00
University of Pennsylvania
April 28, 1999