Galleries of Student Hypertexts: The Interpretation of Cultures



This section of "What Is Culture?" consists of four galleries. Each gallery contains an introduction, one or two model hypertexts whichare more or less permanent parts of the exhibit, and—eventually—anumber of student-authored hypertexts. If you are a WSU student interestedin contributing a hypertext to one of these galleries, or if you're interestedin proposing a new gallery, please contact the authors. If you teach at WSU and would like your students to produce course projectsfor display in these galleries, you, too, are encouraged to contact theauthors.

The goal here is to explore ways in which cultural systems operate. Oneof the ideas we emphasize in our baselinedefinition of culture is that culture is constantly being negotiated— a better understanding how cultural systems are shaped, reproducedand changed gives you more power to participate in that process of negotiation.Writing about these processes is one of the best ways to work toward thatenhanced understanding.

The gallery topics here are arbitrary and overlapping, designed as a frameworkfor illustration rather than for definition; we encourage you to make connectionsbetween these categories and to question the boundaries and distinctionsbeing made between them. We also encourage you to read the hypertexts inthese galleries with a critical eye—all of the authors here, including(and most importantly) the student authors, are attempting to illustrateinterpretive processes, but by no means are any of us claiming that ourinterpretations or processes are definitive. They are, in fact, as relativeas is culture itself.

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