J. Yellowlees Douglas

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Dr. J. Yellowlees Douglas
Nationality United States
Fields Management Communication
Institutions University of Florida
Alma mater University of Michigan
New York University

Jane Yellowlees Douglas is an Associate Professor of Management Communication in the Warrington College of Business Administration at the University of Florida.[1] She has spent much of the past decade researching hypertext fiction and interactive fiction. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan and received her Ph.D. from New York University. Her works with electronic literature have resulted in over two dozen articles about hypertext and narrative.

Douglas spent a year as a Research Fellow at Brunel University in London. She spent the time researching the way in which hypertext affects the construction of digital technologies. Other jobs have included acting as a copywriter for Graham & Gillies Advertising, acting as a partner for Garrison Gibbs Communications, and being the director of the program in professional writing and assistant professor of English at Lehman College.

She was a contestant on Jeopardy! on 8 March 2013.[1]

Works of J. Yellowlees Douglas[edit]

Douglas has created a number of different works over her career. She has been intricately linked to hypertext and its uses and development. One of her most popular works is the book The End of Books or Books Without End[2] in which she examines how interactive fiction works, and also discusses the current state or hypertext criticism.

Douglas has also created a short story entitled "I Have Said Nothing".[3] According to the Eastgate Quarterly Review of Hypertext, "Douglas explores the interaction between the fragmentation inevitable in hypertext and the causality necessary for the creation of story."

Yet another of Douglas's works on hypertext is "What Hypertexts Can Do That Print Narratives Cannot".[4] Douglas uses this article to go into more detail about how hypertext fiction works and why it is so beneficial for readers in comparison to regular texts.

Reviews[edit]

Kate Pullinger writes in her review[5] of End of Books that Yellowlees Douglas' "tone is often charmingly bad-tempered; she makes plain her frustration that hyperfiction works and their writers are still not considered part of the canon." Pullinger finds Douglas' works fascinating.

Other books reviews have not been as kind.[6] Some find Yellowlees Douglas' work to be rather morbid in tone as some refer to the title as a "doomsday title". A popular criticisim of hypertext is that there is no finite conclusion leaving the reader at a loss.

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