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Interactive Digital Narrative

History, Theory and Practice, 1st Edition

Edited by Hartmut Koenitz, Gabriele Ferri, Mads Haahr, Diğdem Sezen, Tonguç İbrahim Sezen


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The book is concerned with narrative in digital media that changes according to user input—Interactive Digital Narrative (IDN). It provides a broad overview of current issues and future directions in this multi-disciplinary field that includes humanities-based and computational perspectives. It assembles the voices of leading researchers and practitioners like Janet Murray, Marie-Laure Ryan, Scott Rettberg and Martin Rieser. In three sections, it covers history, theoretical perspectives and varieties of practice including narrative game design, with a special focus on changes in the power relationship between audience and author enabled by interactivity. After discussing the historical development of diverse forms, the book presents theoretical standpoints including a semiotic perspective, a proposal for a specific theoretical framework and an inquiry into the role of artificial intelligence. Finally, it analyses varieties of current practice from digital poetry to location-based applications, artistic experiments and expanded remakes of older narrative game titles.


"The volume serves as a useful introduction for those new to IDN but perhaps even more as a route into key issues for those more familiar with it. By mixing work from seminal theorists in the field with seasoned creative practitioners, and exploring many examples of IDN, it fulfils its aim of providing a snapshot of the status quo in research while compelling readers to debate its future. […] The future of IDN research and practice is on a surer footing with its publication." -Marguerite Barry, DIEGESIS (5.1)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Perspectives on Interactive Digital Narrative Hartmut Koenitz, Gabriele Ferri, Mads Haahr, Diğdem Sezen and Tonguç İbrahim Sezen Section I: IDN History Section I Introduction: A Concise History of Interactive Digital NarrativeHartmut Koenitz, Gabriele Ferri, Mads Haahr, Diğdem Sezen and Tonguç İbrahim Sezen 2. The American Hypertext Novel, and Whatever Became of It? Scott Rettberg 3. Interactive Cinema in the Digital Age Chris Hales 4. The Holodeck is all Around Us — Interface Dispositifs in Interactive Digital Storytelling Udi ben Arie and Noam Knoeller Section II: IDN Theory Section II Introduction: The Evolution of Interactive Digital Narrative Theory Hartmut Koenitz, Gabriele Ferri, Mads Haahr, Diğdem Sezen and Tonguç İbrahim Sezen 5. Narrative Structures in IDN Authoring and Analysis Gabriele Ferri 6. Towards a Specific Theory of Interactive Digital Narrative Hartmut Koenitz 7. Emotional and Strategic Conceptions of Space in Digital Narratives Marie-Laure Ryan 8. A Tale of Two Boyfriends: A Literary Abstraction Strategy for Creating Meaningful Character Variation Janet H. Murray 9. Re-considering the Role of AI in Interactive Digital Narrative Nicolas Szilas Section III: IDN Practice Section III Introduction: Beyond the Holodeck: A Speculative Perspective on Future Practices Hartmut Koenitz, Gabriele Ferri, Mads Haahr, Diğdem Sezen and Tonguç İbrahim Sezen 10. Interaction Design Principles as Narrative Techniques for Interactive Digital Storytelling Ulrike Spierling 11. Post-Hyperfiction: Practices in Digital Textuality Scott Rettberg 12. Emergent Narrative: Past, Present and Future of an Interactive Storytelling Approach Sandy Louchart, John Truesdale, Neil Suttie and Ruth Aylett 13. Learning through Interactive Digital Narratives Andreea Molnar and Patty Kostkova 14. Everting the Holodeck: Games and Storytelling in Physical Space Mads Haahr 15. Narrative Explorations in Videogame Poetry Diğdem Sezen 16. Artistic Explorations: Mobile, Locative and Hybrid Narratives Martin Rieser 17. Remaking as Revision of Narrative Design in Digital Games Tonguç İbrahim Sezen

About the Editors

Hartmut Koenitz is Assistant Professor of Mass Media Arts in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia, USA.

Gabriele Ferri is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the School of Infomatics and Computing at Indiana University Bloomington, USA.

Mads Haahr is Lecturer in the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Digdem Sezen is Researcher in the Faculty of Communications at Istanbul University, Turkey.

Tonguç Ibrahim Sezen is Lecturer in the Faculty of Communications at Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in European Communication Research and Education

Published in association with the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), books in the series make a major contribution to the theory, research, practice and/or policy literature. They are European in scope and represent a diversity of perspectives.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Intelligence (AI) & Semantics
COMPUTERS / Computer Science
COMPUTERS / Interactive & Multimedia
COMPUTERS / Web / User Generated Content
COMPUTERS / Social Aspects / General
COMPUTERS / Digital Media / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies