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Mythologies of the DarkNet: Rebellion and Collaboration in Cyberspace

Adrian Peever.

The paper's subject is developing students' awareness of the social construction of the human subject, how writing constructs it, and how the recent explosion of their writing environment into the space of an electronic docuverse resituates the writing subject even to the point of threatening to atomize it or to negate it altogether. I argue that it is the duty of responsible humanities pedagogy to help students recognize and articulate responses to the issues of self-definition involved.
My paper will demonstrate an instance of George Landow's contention that Hypertext ... promotes student-faculty collaboration by describing a collaborative conference presentation and by means of a web-based literary research project which I direct, as well as by detailing some of the key themes we covered, including the capitalization of the Web, and the portrayal of the so-called DarkNet in recent corporate literature.


Adrian Peever  (United States)
Assistant Professor
Dept. of English and Foreign Languages
Barry University

Dr. Adrian Peever has published on topics including film, James Joyce, popular music, and travel. he has presented his work at conferences in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, and Switzerland. His interests also include hypertext and hypermedia studies, and his work can be found in Leonardo: Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology, James Joyce Quarterly, James Joyce Literary Supplement, Honeymoon Magazine, Folk Roots Magazine, and in the critical anthology James Joyce and Popular Culture. Ed. R.B. Kershner.

  • Hypertext
  • Cyborg
  • Darknet
  • New Humanism
  • Posthuman
  • The Matrix
  • Star Wars
  • Internet

(30 min Conference Paper, English)