It’s a mode of organization in 20th century novels, such as Ulysses, where the novel can be read as fragments. But it’s a tricky reading, so “spatial form can only be appreciated only retrospectively or, because of the limitations of memory, on a second or third reading.”. On the first reading, you can keep the narrative meaning, but at the expense of the depth of the text.
But an even more medium-specific type of spatial form resides in the architecture of the underlying code that controls the navigation of the user through a digital text.
When the choices are so numerous that the authors does not control the long-rage succession of elements, interest must shift from following a temporal development to the detection of spatial relations.