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Serialization in Literature Across Media and Markets

ISBN 9780367608095
Published December 10, 2021 by Routledge
134 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Serialization is an old narrative strategy and a form of publication that can be traced far back in literary history, yet serial narratives are as popular as ever. This book investigates a resurgence of serial narratives in contemporary literary culture.

Analyzing series as diverse as Mark Z. Danielewski’s experimental book series The Familiar; audiobook series by the Swedish streaming service Storytel; children’s books by Lemony Snicket and Philip Pullman and their adaptations into screen; and serial writing and reading on the writing site Wattpad, the book traces how contemporary series at once are shaped by literary tradition and develop the format according to the logics of new media and digital technologies.

The book sheds light on the interplay between the selected serials' narrative content and medial, social, and economic contexts, drawing on insights from literary studies, literary sociology, media studies, and cultural studies. Serialization in Literature Across Media and Markets thus contributes a unique and interdisciplinary perspective on a historical phenomenon that has proved ever more successful in contemporary media culture. It is a book for researchers and students of literature and media and for anyone who likes a good series and wants to understand why.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. "A different kind of pace." Bookish Seriality in Mark Z. Danielewski’s The Familiar
  3. "The End is really the middle of the story." Transmedial Seriality in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
  4. Across Worlds and Volumes. Serial Space in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials
  5. Keep listening! Born-Audio Serials and Serialization as a Business Model
  6. "Ilysm!" Serial Writing and Social Reading on Wattpad
  7. Conclusion

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Sara Tanderup Linkis (born 1986), PhD in Comparative Literature, is a postdoc at Lund University, Sweden. Her research on serial narratives, transmediality, audiobooks, and multimodal literature is published in international journals as Narrative, Orbis Litterarum, and Paradoxa. She is the author of the monograph Memory, Intermediality, and Literature (Routledge, 2019).