1st Edition

Digital Narrative Spaces An Interdisciplinary Examination

Edited By Daniel Punday Copyright 2022
    186 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    186 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    There is a broad consensus that digital narrative is "spatial," but what this critical term means and how it is used varies greatly depending on the discipline from which it is approached. Digital Narrative Spaces brings together essays by prominent scholars in electronic literature and other forms of digital authorship to explore the relationship between story and space across these disciplines. This volume includes an introduction with Marie-Laure Ryan’s typology of space, followed by thought-provoking individual chapters which explore innovative explorations of electronic literature, locative media, literary tourism, and the mapping of real-world literary spaces. The collection closes with an essay analyzing continuities and discontinuities in theory of space across the chapters. This volume will provide an important framework for establishing a dialogue across disciplines and future scholarship in these fields.

    Introduction: “Four Types of Textual Space, and Their Digital Manifestations" by Marie-Laure Ryan

    Chapter 1: “Unnatural Spaces in The Pickle Index: Inscrutable Mapping and Post-digital Dys-topicalization" by Astrid Ensslin

    Chapter 2: “Stalking Rebus: Locative Media and Global Conspiracy" by Brian L. Greenspan

    Chapter 3: “Virtual Wanderings: Embodied Spatial Narrativity in ‘Walking Simulators’" by Greg Whistance-Smith

    Chapter 4: “Pencils, paper, and pixels: Mapping imaginary spaces" by Paul Wake

    Chapter 5: “Behind-the-Screens (BTS) Storytelling: Reverse Engineering

    the Computational Infrastructure of Nick Montfort’s Round from CPU to Silicon" by Lai-Tze Fan

    Chapter 6: “The Digital Terrain of the Literary Anecdote" by David Ciccoricco

    Chapter 7: “Footprints in Spatial Narratives: Wearable Technology, Active Reading, and a New Digital Literary Mapping of Dorothy Wordsworth’s Scafell Pike Excursion" by Joanna E. Taylor and Christopher Donaldson

    Chapter 8: “Archival Interface and Nationalist Memorializations of 9/11" by Dhanashree Thorat

    Conclusion: “Digital Space and the Keyword" by Daniel Punday


    Daniel Punday received his PhD in English at The Pennsylvania State University. He is currently Head of the Department of English at Mississippi State University. He has published on contemporary literature, digital narrative, and narrative theory. He has recently completed his term as the president of the International Society for the Study of Narrative. His previous publications include Computing as Writing (2015) and Writing at the Limit: Searching for the Vocation of the Novel in the Contemporary Media Ecology (2012).