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

Edited By

Torsa Ghosal

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ISBN 9781032103495
May 5, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
232 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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 diverse corpus of texts, composed in a variety of languages and regions, including East and South Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, Australia, and Africa. The book’s contributors adopt a wide 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 address fundamental questions such as, what do we mean when we talk about literature today? What is the future of literature?

Table of Contents

Introduction: Global Literary Studies and Digital Literature

Torsa Ghosal


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


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  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      


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

  15. Digital Political 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



    Torsa Ghosal

  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

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Torsa Ghosal is the author of a book of literary criticism, Out of Mind: Mode, Mediation, and Cognition in Twenty-First Century Narrative (The Ohio State University Press), an experimental novella, Open Couplets (Yoda Press), and co-editor of Fictionality and Multimodal Narratives (University of Nebraska Press). 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.