From Instapoetry to BookTube, contemporary literary cultures and practices are increasingly intertwined with social media. In this lively and wide-ranging study, Bronwen Thomas explores how social media provides new ways of connecting with and rediscovering established literary works and authors while also facilitating the emergence of unique and distinctive forms of creative expression. The book takes a 360˚ approach to the subject, combining analysis of current forms and practices with an examination of how social media fosters ongoing collaborative discourse amongst both informal and formal literary networks, and demonstrating how the participatory practices of social media have the potential to radically transform how literature is produced, shared and circulated. The first study of its kind to focus specifically on social media, Literature and Social Media provides a timely and engaging account of the state of the art, while interrogating the rhetoric that so often accompanies discussion of the ‘new’ in this context.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. From the Holodeck to the Tweetdeck: electronic literature, interactivity and participation 2. Old Wines in New Bottles? Retelling and reimagining the literary with social media 3. The Twittersphere as Literary Playground 4. Canons and Curators 5. Literary Networks 6. New Literary Cultures and Markets Afterword Glossary Works Cited
Bronwen Thomas is Professor of English and New Media at Bournemouth University and the author of Narrative: the Basics (2016).