1st Edition

Postdigital Storytelling Poetics, Praxis, Research

By Spencer Jordan Copyright 2020
    258 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    258 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Postdigital Storytelling offers a groundbreaking re-evaluation of one of the most dynamic and innovative areas of creativity today: digital storytelling. Central to this reassessment is the emergence of metamodernism as our dominant cultural condition.

    This volume argues that metamodernism has brought with it a new kind of creative modality in which the divide between the digital and non-digital is no longer binary and oppositional. Jordan explores the emerging poetics of this inherently transmedial and hybridic postdigital condition through a detailed analysis of hypertextual, locative mobile and collaborative storytelling. With a focus on twenty-first century storytelling, including print-based and nondigital art forms, the book ultimately widens our understanding of the modes and forms of metamodernist creativity.

    Postdigital Storytelling is of value to anyone engaged in creative writing within the arts and humanities. This includes scholars, students and practitioners of both physical and digital texts as well as those engaged in interdisciplinary practice-based research in which storytelling remains a primary approach.

    1 Introduction

    Part 1: Pasts and Presents: Sheds, Labyrinths and String Figures

    2 Creativity Today: the Case for Storytelling

    3 Postdigital Storytelling

    4 Hypertextual Adventures

    5 Postdigital Hypertextuality

    Part 2: Into Infinity: Towards a Postdigital Poetics

    6 Spatiality and Text: Locative Mobile Storytelling

    7 Collaborative Tales

    Part 3: Coda

    8 How Soon is Now?


    Spencer Jordan is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in the School of English at the University of Nottingham, UK. He is both a published novelist and historian, with a background in the digital humanities. He has been involved in a number of digital projects exploring immersive and locationbased storytelling. Particular areas of interest include: digital/hypertext and immersive fiction, literary geography and digital heritage.

    "When I finished Postdigital Storytelling I immediately wanted to read it again - not simply to recall it, but to immerse myself in it again. The human-centeredness of this book makes today's digital ubiquitousness a positive turn away from alienation and toward cognitive and emotional empathy. Fascinating, contextually informed, and based as much in writing practice as it is in the results of that practice, Postdigital Storytelling Poetics, Praxis, Research is a reader's book (because it fascinates) and a writer's book (because it encourages and charges the imagination)." Graeme Harper, Professor and Dean of the Honors College, Oakland University, U.S.A.