The Self-Reflecting Art Gallery: Lowry’s Consul and Goethe’s Faust

Have you ever seen yourself, peeking out between the strokes of colour on a canvas?  Artists often portray the human condition as seen through their individual perceptions, so it is not unlikely that you, or I, or Faust may be trapped on a wall somewhere. Not literally of course, but some aspect of personality, desire,…

The Old Man: A worthy foil to Mephistopheles in Dr. Faustus

            Does access to unlimited knowledge and pleasure make you strong in character and faith? Christopher Marlow answers this question in his morality play Dr. Faustus. Faustus is a scholar who is consumed by the desire to experience life to the fullest and know more than his 16th century society can teach him. He turns…

The Hypertext Fiction Ride: Using structural metaphor to enhance fiction

We learn categorization of information and objects as early as preschool, so it is reasonable that we would compile information into categories on the Internet. Traditional Web site structure is hierarchical. The Web address takes the visitor to the top or opening page through which the other site pages can be accessed through navigational categories….

Hypertext Fiction: It’s natural for a reader to follow an associative path

            Long have fiction readers succumbed to the imagery of settings, empathized with characters and thrilled along the plot line of introduction, climax and resolution. Absorbing words and turning pages, fiction readers followed a linear path that was carefully constructed by authors to fit the format of the printed book. This has been the way…