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Mon, 20 Feb 89 18:46:41 EST

Humanist Mailing List, Vol. 2, No. 627. Monday, 20 Feb 1989.

(1) Date: Sat, 18 Feb 89 00:05 CST (63 lines)
Subject: publication notice

(2) Date: Thu, 16 Feb 89 14:51:31 EST (59 lines)
From: Ben Shneiderman <>
Subject: HyperTies, users' group and courses

(3) Date: Monday, 20 February 1989 1052-EST (25 lines)
Subject: NISO CD-ROM Standard

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Date: Sat, 18 Feb 89 00:05 CST
Subject: publication notice

Fortier. Stanford French Italian Studies, 56. Saratoga, CA: Anma
Libri, 1988. Pp. x, 215 (including 22 Tables, 35 pp.).
Bibliography. Price: $(US)29.50, $(US)19.00 to individuals paying
by personal cheque. Note: This study is written in French.

Building on earlier studies of Camus (Klincksieck), Ce/line
(Minard), and Robbe-Grillet (Naaman), this analysis of form and
content in Gide's novel reveals the dualistic structure of the
narrator's vision and sheds powerful light both on the
sophistication of the author's aesthetic creation and on the
profundity of the irony which pervades this text.

The primary technique used is close reading of key passages in
the novel, supplemented where appropriate by the insights of
previous critics and by computer-generated profiles of
significant themes. A careful effort has been made to avoid
jargon and unnecessary technical language, and to document all
aspects of interpretation by reference to textual phenomena. An
introductory chapter evaluates published criticism of the novel,
dividing it into bibliographical, philosophical and aesthetic
studies. An aesthetic approach is chosen, and shown to be
compatible not only with Gide's ideas at the time of the
composition of l'Immoraliste, but with present-day literary
theory as well.

After a brief explanation of the computer techniques used in this
study, examination of the novel begins. L'Immoraliste is studded
with a multitude of features which constantly remind the reader
that Michel - the main character - is an unreliable narrator.
This justifies particular attention to descriptive passages as
not always conscious reflections of the narrator's state of mind.
The next chapter demonstrates that, as a result of his sickness,
Michel develops a dualistic outlook rejecting sickness and a
series of themes which he associates with it. At the same time,
he places health at the centre of a group of themes with a
positive value. Succeeding chapters trace the dynamics of these
two theme groupings, as Michel integrates more and more aspects
of his condition into his dualistic outlook and attempts to live
by it, a process which causes the theme groups to add, lose and
exchange elements. Particular attention is paid to how Michel's
ideology affects his relationship with his wife Marceline, for
the structure of this relationship permits evaluation of the
narrator's actions and ideas. The concluding chapter demonstrates
the rigorous coherence of thematic structure found in
l'Immoraliste, and suggests that it is a source of the enduring
literary success of the novel.

The data used for the quantitative aspects of this study were
prepared with support provided by the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council of Canada under grant number S76-
0734. I shall be happy to share this data with interested
colleagues, provided that such sharing does not infringe on the
rights of the holders of the copyright. For further information
about sharing please contact: Paul A. Fortier,
FORTIER@UOFMCC.BITNET, Department of French and Spanish,
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Man., CANADA R3T 2N2.
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Date: Thu, 16 Feb 89 14:51:31 EST
From: Ben Shneiderman <>
Subject: HyperTies, users' group and courses

Call for Participation

Hyperties Users Group

Community Meeting, April 12-13, 1989
University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Sponsored by the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory
and Cognetics Corporation

Goals: For users and developers to exchange information, experiences,
ideas, suggestions, and even complaints about the IBM PC commercial
version of Hyperties 2.3. We want to hear about success stories and
recommendations for future versions.

Featured speakers:
Charles Kreitzberg, President of Cognetics Corporation, will talk about
the commercial product directions.

Ben Shneiderman, Head, Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory at the
University of Maryland, will talk about research directions.

Presentations (Initial List):

Dan Ostroff: Interactive Encyclopedia of Jewish Heritage
Ken Holum: Guide to Opportunities in Volunteer Archaeology
Carole Pincavage, Getting hypertext projects started in AETNA
Catherine Plaisant-Schwenn: NCR College of Management Course Catalog
Yoram Kochavy: ACM's Hypertext on Hypertext database
Janis Morariu: National Agricultural Library's AGRICOLearn

[material deleted]

The University of Maryland University College
Center for Professional Development presents


A three-day course taught by:
Ben Shneiderman, Charles Kreitzberg, Gary Marchionini,
and Janis Morariu
May 10-12, 1989


This course presents hypertext systems and concepts in order to facilitate the
development of hypertext applications. Participants will learn and use
available systems, understand implementation problems, recognize which
applications are suitable, and design knowledge to fit hypertext
environments. Participants receive a copy of Hyperties 2.3 ($349 value) .

[For more information about HyperTies, its workshops and courses,
contact Professor Ben Shneiderman at the above address.]
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Date: Monday, 20 February 1989 1052-EST
Subject: NISO CD-ROM Standard

I got a "press release" through the mail the other day from
It is aimed at defining the content and format for the
following files: publisher identifier, data perparer identifier,
copyright file identifier, abstract file identifier, and
bibliographic file identifier. It will also address issues of
disc labels, materials accompanying the disk, and packaging.
The notice then identifies the members of the committee and
solicits input "from all sectors of the optical disc and
information community." First meeting in March, first draft
aiming for early 1990. Comments and questions to Committee Chair
Dan Iddings,
RMG Consultants, Inc.
PO Box 5488
Chicago, IL 60680

Bob Kraft (CCAT)