Myth Bricolage and Hypertext
From Christian Hubert's Hypertext project :
According to most accounts, in myth concepts are expressed in images, not in philosphical terms. Claude Levi-Strauss describes mythic thought as a well-articulated system, lying halfway between percepts and concepts. While percepts are impossible to separate from the concrete situations in which they appeared, concepts need be abstracted (in Husserl's sense that thought must put its projects "in brackets.") from the event and understood in their unlimited systematic substitutibility. For Levi-Strauss, signs are intermediaries between images and concepts, in the way that de Saussure described their double articulation of phonic material and undifferentiated thought.
For Levi-Strauss, the characteristic feature of mythic thought is that it expresses itself by means of a heterogenous repertoire, which even if extensive, is nevertheless limited. (The Savage Mind, p17) In a famous passage, he goes on to compare mythic thought to the activity of the bricoleur, who makes do with "whatever is at hand," that is, a set of tools and materials which bears no relation to the current project, or indeed to any particular project, but is the contingent result of all previous occasions to renew or enrich the stock. The tools of the bricoleur are not instrumental in the sense of the engineer. Nor, according to Levi-Strauss, does the bricoleur try to go beyond the constraints imposed by a particular state of civilization the way the engineer is always trying to. (p. 19) (see structure / event)
Gregory Ulmer's hypertext framework, Mystory, is essentially a bricolage process where what he calls the Popcycle of individual identity is discerned by assembling images from family, entertainment, school and career (also sometimes the domains of church and street). This links to other aspects of Ulmer's work including his concepts of electracy and the wide image or widesite.