New PDF release: Analyzing Digital Fiction

By Alice Bell, Astrid Ensslin, Hans Rustad

ISBN-10: 041565615X

ISBN-13: 9780415656153

Written for and browse on a working laptop or computer display, electronic fiction pursues its verbal, discursive and conceptual complexity during the electronic medium. it truly is fiction whose constitution, shape and which means are dictated via the electronic context during which it really is produced and calls for analytical ways which are delicate to its prestige as a electronic artifact. Analyzing electronic Fiction offers a suite of pioneering analyses in accordance with replicable methodological frameworks. Chapters comprise analyses of hypertext fiction, Flash fiction, Twitter fiction and videogames with techniques taken from narratology, stylistics, semiotics and ludology. Essays suggest ways that electronic environments can extend, problem and attempt the bounds of literary theories that have, till lately, predominantly been in line with versions and analyses of print texts.

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Thus in an example of descending metalepsis comparable with the example from the print fiction Money above, a counterpart of the author is verbally depicted in the fictional world of Figurski. While metalepsis can be represented verbally, nonprint media also provide a context for media-specific metalepsis. The citations above show that transmedial studies do exist, but, as Pier (2011) suggests, there are “only occasional forays into the visual media or into works employing multiple media” (269), and much work remains to be done to understand how metalepsis operates in different types of text.

And . ” lexia, but with cracks and fissures as though the screen has been smashed. Visually, therefore, the hypertext suggests that the blast in the fictional world has physically influenced the typographical materiality of the text on the computer screen in the actual world. f. Bell and Alber 2012). g. Wolf 2005; Ryan 2006; Klimek 2009; Feyersinger 2010; Kukkonen and Klimek 2011; Thoss 2011). Within this work, theorists are increasingly concerned with showing the extent to which the affordances of different media affect the nature of metalepsis and also how print-based tools can be used to analyze them.

1 Digital fiction is not only vulnerable to the same threat, but is, ironically, also susceptible to becoming culturally passé or technically obsolete before it can coalesce into recognizable forms or genres. But once we look beyond “nextness”, so to speak, it becomes clear that there is much to be gained from analyzing digital fiction. Most immediately, perhaps, are insights revealed through distinctly digital aesthetics. Newness often goes hand in hand with reflexivity, as novelty—either uncomfortably and self-consciously, or deliberately and audaciously—draws attention to itself.

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