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Analyzing Digital Fiction

1st Edition

Edited by Alice Bell, Astrid Ensslin, Hans Rustad


214 pages

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Written for and read on a computer screen, digital fiction pursues its verbal, discursive and conceptual complexity through the digital medium. It is fiction whose structure, form and meaning are dictated by the digital context in which it is produced and requires analytical approaches that are sensitive to its status as a digital artifact. Analyzing Digital Fiction offers a collection of pioneering analyses based on replicable methodological frameworks. Chapters include analyses of hypertext fiction, Flash fiction, Twitter fiction and videogames with approaches taken from narratology, stylistics, semiotics and ludology. Essays propose ways in which digital environments can expand, challenge and test the limits of literary theories which have, until recently, predominantly been based on models and analyses of print texts.


"Analyzing Digital Fiction makes a useful contribution to the field of literary studies by taking digital fiction itself as seriously as the cultural meaning of texts produced in digital form. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty." - CHOICE

"Analyzing Digital Fiction offers an up-to-date and highly enlightening look at the various forms of digital fiction. Covering such forms as multimedia novels, Twitter fiction, and Art games, this book provides the reader with powerful tools to analyze and understand the emerging fictions of digital culture." -Raine Koskimaa, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Table of Contents

1.Introduction: From Theorizing to Analyzing Digital Fiction Alice Bell, Astrid Ensslin and Hans Kristian Rustad Section 1: Narratological Approaches 2. Media-Specific Metalepsis in 10:01 Alice Bell 3.Digital Fiction and Worlds of Perspective David Ciccoricco 4. Seeing into the Worlds of Digital Fiction Daniel Punday Section 2: Social Media and Ludological Approaches 5. Playing with rather than by the Rules: Metaludicity, Allusive Fallacy and Illusory Agency in The Path. Astrid Ensslin 6. 140 Characters in Search of a Story: Twitterfiction as an Emerging Narrative Form Bronwen Thomas 7. Amnesia, the Dark Descent: The Player's Very Own Purgatory Susana Tosca 8. Wreading Together: The Double Plot of Collaborative Digital Fiction Isabell Klaiber Section 3: Semiotic-Rhetorical Approaches 9. (In-)Between Word, Image and Sound: Cultural Encounter in Flight Paths. Hans Kristian Rustad 10. Figures of Gestural Manipulation in Digital Fictions Serge Bouchardon 11. Hyperfiction as a Medium for Drifting Times: A Close Reading of the German Hyperfiction Zeit für die Bombe Alexandra Saemmer Afterword Roberto Simanowski

About the Editors

Alice Bell is Senior Lecturer in English Language and Literature at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

Astrid Ensslin is Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities at Bangor University, UK.

Hans Rustad is Associate Professor in Literature and New Media Communication at Hedmark University College, Norway.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Rhetoric and Stylistics

Routledge Studies in Rhetoric and Stylistics offers original, dynamic academic investigations into the related fields of rhetoric and stylistics. Books will focus on rhetorical or stylistic approaches to pedagogy, cognition, emotion, corpora, and multimodality, incorporating analytic studies conducted on the synchronic and/or diachronic discourses of literature, politics, law, news, advertisements, business, academe, and other subjects. This exciting series offers an innovative and challenging range of texts, providing rich resources for students and researchers alike.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Web / Social Networking
COMPUTERS / Digital Media / General
FICTION / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General