1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Literary Media

Edited By Astrid Ensslin, Julia Round, Bronwen Thomas Copyright 2023
    576 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to Literary Media examines the fast-moving present and future of a media ecosystem in which the literary continues to play a vital role. The term ‘literary media’ challenges the tendency to hold the two terms distinct and broadens accepted usage of the literary to include popular cultural forms, emerging technologies and taste cultures, genres, and platforms, as well as traditions and audiences all too often excluded from literary histories and canons.

    Featuring contributions from leading international scholars and practitioners, the Companion provides a comprehensive guide to existing terms and theories that address the alignment of literature and a variety of media forms. It situates the concept in relation to existing theories and histographies; considers emerging genres and forms such as locative narratives and autofiction;  and expands discussion beyond the boundaries by which literary authorship is conventionally defined. Contributors also examine specific production and publishing contexts to provide in-depth analysis of the promotion of literary media materials. The volume further considers reading and other aspects of situated audience engagement, such as Indigenous and oral storytelling, prize and review cultures, book clubs, children, and young adults.

    This authoritative collection is an invaluable resource for scholars and students working at the intersection of literary and media studies.

    List of Contributors

    Foreword - Jim Collins

    Introduction: What is Literary Media? - Astrid Ensslin, Julia Round, Bronwen Thomas

    PART I: Literary Media in Context

    1 Towards a New History of Literary Media - Alexis Weedon

    2 Intermediality as a material practice and artistic event - Marina Grishakova

    3 What is the Historiography of the Ebook? - Simon Rowberry

    PART II: Forms, Media, Materialities

    4 Locative Narrative - Simone Murray

    5 Ambient Literature - Kate Pullinger and Jon Dovey

    6 Autofiction in Words and Images: The Verbal-Visual Dialectic – Hywel Dix

    7 Important Artifacts and Literary Media in Archival Autofiction - Elin Ivansson and Alison Gibbons

    8 Counterfactuality and Disnarration in news stories: reimagining real events - Marina Lambrou

    9 The Evolution of Literary Journalism in the Digital Age - Jaron Murphy

    10 The Literary in Narrating Dramatic Life Experience - Mari Hatavara, Matti Hyvärinen and Jarmila Mildorf

    11 Poeticity and Parody: The Literary Interview on Radio and Podcast - Jarmila Mildorf

    12 Composing Narratives through Song Cycles: Stories of Shropshire Lads in Vaughan Williams’s On Wenlock Edge - Natalie Burton

    13 Podcasts, Audiobooks, and Podiobooks - Matthew Rubery

    PART III: Creators, Networks, Intermediaries

    14 Virtual Darkness, Tangible Light: Crafting Expressionism Through Algorithmic Poesis - Martin P. Sheehan and William Wright

    15 A Poetics of Misrepresentation: The Mimesis of Machine Learning in ReRites - Malthe Stavning Erslev

    16 The Influence of Digital Platforms on Authors of Electronic Literature and Interactive Digital Narratives - R. Lyle Skains

    17 Collaborative Fiction Writing Off- and Online: Toward a Genealogy - Isabell Klaiber

    18 Italian Net poetry: Caterina Davinio from karenina.it (1998) to Network Poetico (2009) - Emanuela Patti

    19 Digital Editions: rethinking how we preserve, present and explore literary correspondences - Lisa Gee

    20 Literary Games, Walking Simulators and the New Wave of Digital Fiction - James O’Sullivan

    21 Comics are a Medium, or, Learning From Hicksville - Stephanie Burt and Emmy Waldman

    PART IV: Markets, Economies, Industries 

    22 Producing Chinese Web-based Literature: The ‘Qidian Model’ - Yanjun Shao

    23 Independent Publishing in a Post-Digital World: Creative Campaigns and Promotional Opportunities - Anna Kiernan

    24 Readers, Markets and a Packet of Literary Media, Please – Efferent Readers and their Ordering of a New Economics - Simon Frost

    25 Merchants of Culture?  The Value of UK Bookshops - Samantha J. Rayner

    26 Literary Pilgrimages for Play and Profit: Intersections of Reading, Space and Commodification in Contemporary Japan - Andrew T. Kamei-Dyche

    27 Contemporary Women’s Writing and the Media Ecologies of Neoliberal Britain - Megan Henesy

    28 Capturing the Imagination: Literary Expression, Participatory Culture and Digital Enclosure - David M. Meurer

    29 Many Gates with a Single Keeper: How Amazon Incentives Shape Novels in the 21st Century - Laura Dietz

    30 Literary Festivals and the Media - Alexandra Dane

    PART V: Audiences, Engagement, Environments

    31 Reading Digital Fiction and the Language of Immersion - Alice Bell

    32 Contemporary Critical Bibliotherapy and Its Uses in Creative, Digital-Born Body Image Interventions - Karuna Nair, Astrid Ensslin, Carla Rice, Sarah Riley, Christine Wilks, Hannah Fowlie, Lauren Munro and Megan Perram

    33 Literary Bundles: Bodies, Media and Redefining Indigenous Literatures - Kateryna Barnes & Trudy Cardinal

    34 Postcolonial Videogame Paratexts: Replaying the Minor and the Subaltern from the Fringes - Souvik Mukherjee

    35 Keep Reading and Carry On: Mediated Reading During COVID-19 - Stevie Marsden

    36 `Doing` Literary Reading Online: The Case of BookTube - Dorothee Birke

    37 Sociality and Seriality in Digital Reading: Two Extra Memos for this Millennium - Federico Pianzola

    38 Immersive Theatre and Live Cinema: An Aesthetic of the In-between - Carina E. I. Westling

    39 Live Action Role Playing and Engagement with Literature - Sara Bjärstorp and Petra Ragnerstam

    40 Netflix Interactive Films and Gamebooks – George Cox

    41 The Dream of Interactivity in Children Literary Media - María Goicoechea de Jorge

    Afterword – Julie Rak



    Astrid Ensslin is Professor of Digital Cultures and Communication at the University of Regensburg in Germany. She has published books on literary gaming, digital fiction, pre-web digital publishing, and language in the media, and is principal editor of the Bloomsbury Electronic Literature book series.

    Julia Round is Associate Professor of English and Comics Studies at Bournemouth University, UK. Her books include Gothic in Comics and Graphic Novels (2014) and the award-winning Gothic for Girls (2019). She is one of the founders and editors of Studies in Comics journal and the Encapsulations book series.

    Bronwen Thomas is Emeritus Professor of English and New Media at Bournemouth University in the UK. She is the author of Literature and Social Media (2020) and has led several major projects on digital reading in the UK and Kenya.