Presentation Details

The Second International Conference on the Future of the Book

The Hypertextual Monograph: An Alternative Model for Scholarly Publishing

Prof. Ashton Nichols.

The hypertextual monograph is becoming an increasingly successful alternative to traditional scholarly publishing. Considering costs, distribution, library budgets, and the current nature of the scholarly community, electronic alternatives to printed and bound books have become an increasingly attractive option. Electronic texts are inexpensive to produce, easy to distribute, available for transmission to a variety of media (printed downloads, CD-ROMs, hypertext links, electronic databases), as well as easy to access and store for indefinite periods of time. This new model is not free from problems, however. Technological expertise is required for any hypertext product as is that rarest of all commodities: time. Electronic tools can also crash, disappear, or undergo other forms of hypertextual instability. Nevertheless, works such as the "Romantic Circles Praxis Series" and my own "A Romantic Natural History" provide useful models of a form of scholalrly production that will become increasingly important in our ever more linked and hyperlinked world.


Prof. Ashton Nichols  (United States)
Curley Faculty Professor of English Language and Literature
Department of English
Dickinson College

Ashton Nichols is the John A. Curley '60 and Ann Conser Curley '63 Professor of English Language and Literature at Dickinson College. He is the author of *The Revolutionary I* (Macmillan, 1998) and *The Poetics of Epiphany* (Alabama, 1987). He has recently edited *Romantic Natural Histories: Poetry and Science From Erasmus Darwin to Charles Darwin* (Houghton Mifflin, 2003)

  • Monographs
  • Scholarship
  • Hyperspace
  • Hypertext
  • Romantic Circles
  • Praxis Series
  • Romantic Natural History

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)