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Cyberspace, Cybertexts, Cybermaps

by Marie-Laure Ryan

This paper argues that digital texts may involve four different types of space: (1) The physical space of the fictional world represented by the text. (2) The architecture of the text. (3) The material space occupied by the signs of the text. 4. The space that serves as context and container for the text. I will discuss digital texts that exploits each of these four types of space, paying special attention to the use of maps as interface.

1. Space of the Textual World
2. Textual architecture
3. Material space of the text
4. Spatial environments
5. References

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