The hypertextualityof scholarship
"Historical texts are not simply narratives like any other; they result from the forms of research and critical arguments the footnotes record."
Consider history. Anthony Grafton recently published a brilliant book about The Footnote. It's a close look at the development of footnotes in historical writing. Grafton isn't interested in computers. He never mentions hypertext . But but this is one o
Grafton shows that historians use footnotes to create dual narratives. One text describes their observations and results. The other text -- the text in the notes and appendices -- explains how they arrived at these conclusions. Historical writing is bui