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La lecture de l’énigme

Reading enigmas: from SF novel to hyperfiction
Christian Vandendorpe
p. 115-132

Abstracts

Three main types of cognitive operations are involved in the reading process - concatenation, recall and selection - whose importance varies according to the different types of texts. After having identified the desire to solve an enigma as a powerful thrust, the author establishes a parallel between the operations necessitated by the reading of a SF novel, in this case Tyranaël by Elisabeth Vonarburg, and those necessitated by the playing of Riven, a hyperfiction on CD-Rom. Notwithstanding the differences related to the nature and the functioning of signs, classified here according to Peirce’s trichotomy, it appears that Riven can be considered as a pseudo-text because its reading implies activities of concatenation, recall and selection. On another level, that reading requires skills of observation, deduction, abduction and problem-solving. Even if they attract very similar audiences, however, the hyperfiction and the novel do not call upon the same activities of representation, and characters do not have the same importance nor do they fulfill the same function. The reading of Riven is also characterized by a generalized hybridization of the visual signs with textual documents of all kinds, which help the reader decipher the enigmas while extending the experience of the game onto the Web.

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Reference

Christian Vandendorpe, « La lecture de l’énigme », Alsic [Online], Vol. 1, n° 2 | 1998, document alsic_n02-rec2, Online since 15 December 1998, connection on 25 February 2020. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/alsic/1505 ; DOI : https://doi.org/10.4000/alsic.1505

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About the author

Christian Vandendorpe

Professeur au département des Lettres françaises de l'Université d'Ottawa et directeur du Centre d'écriture de la Faculté des arts. Ses champs de recherche touchent à la théorie de la lecture et à la didactique de l'écrit, ainsi qu'à la rhétorique et aux apports de la sémiotique et des sciences cognitives. Interpellé par l'avènement de l'hypertexte, il travaille depuis plusieurs années sur les métamorphoses de la lecture en relation avec le support textuel, et l'impact de celui-ci sur l'organisation du texte. Il est aussi l'auteur de divers outils informatisés, notamment Communication écrite, une grammaire fondamentale et textuelle interactive (Montréal : Logidisque, 1995 et 1997).

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