1st Edition

Global Perspectives on Digital Literature A Critical Introduction for the Twenty-First Century

Edited By Torsa Ghosal Copyright 2023
    254 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    254 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Global Perspectives on Digital Literature: A Critical Introduction for the Twenty-First Century explores how digital literary forms shape and are shaped by aesthetic and political exchanges happening across languages and nations. The book understands "global" as a mode of comparative thinking and argues for considering various forms of digital literature—the popular, the avant-garde, and the participatory—as realizing and producing global thought in the twenty-first century. Attending to issues of both political and aesthetic representation, the book includes a diverse group of contributors and a wide-ranging corpus of texts, composed in a variety of languages and regions, including East and South Asia, parts of Europe, Latin America, North America, Australia, and Western Africa. The book’s contributors adopt an array of interpretive approaches to make visible new connections and possibilities engendered by cross-cultural encounters. Among other topics, they reflect on the shifting conditions for production and distribution of literature, participatory cultures and technological affordances of Web 2.0, the ever-changing dynamics of global and local forces, and fundamental questions, such as, "What do we mean when we talk about literature today?" and "What is the future of literature?"

    Introduction: Global Literary Studies and Digital Literature

    Torsa Ghosal


    1. Textual Instability: Paradoxes of Literary Remix
    2. Simone Murray  

    3. Diverse Mappings of Electronic Literature: Expanding the Canon(s)
    4. Mariusz Pisarski

    5. Ludonarrative Postcolonialism: Re-Playing the Colonial Discourse
    6. Souvik Mukherjee


    7. Games as Critical Literature: Playing with Transhumanism, Embodied Cognition, and Narrative Difference in SOMA
    8. Cody Mejeur

    9. The Horror of Networked Existence: Affect, Connection, and Anxiety in Classic Creepypasta Narratives
    10. Sara Bimo

    11. Networked Chronic Pain Narratives: Locating Disability through Fibromyalgia Facebook Community
    12. Rimi Nandy      


    13. The Erasing Impulse: Veiling and Unveiling the Poetic and the Political  
    14. Álvaro Seiça

    15. Digital Cartoons: Collaborative Activism in Hong Kong
    16. Kin Wai Chu

    17. Between Two Screens: The January 25th Revolution in Egypt
    18. Reham Hosny

    19. ‘If this document is authentic': On Bill Bly's Archival Fiction
    20. Brian Davis


    21. From Oral to Digital and Back: Adinkra Symbols and Kweku Ananse on YouTube
    22. J.B. Amissah-Arthur and Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang

    23. Bending Voices, Opening Ears: Voice, Music, Sound, and Affect in Digital Literature
    24. Hazel Smith

    25. Intermedial Experience and Discursive Voice in Printed Text, Audiobook, and Podcast: H. P. Lovecraft’s "The Statement of Randolph Carter"

    Jarkko Toikkanen and Mari Hatavara


    Torsa Ghosal is the author of a book of literary criticism, Out of Mind: Mode, Mediation, and Cognition in Twenty-First-Century Narrative, and an experimental novella, Open Couplets, and is the co-editor of Fictionality and Multimodal Narratives. She has a PhD in English from the Ohio State University, where she was awarded a Presidential Fellowship as well as a John Muste Award for best dissertation. Currently, she is Assistant Professor of English at California State University, Sacramento.