THE TRANSMEDIAL RELATIONS OF PRINT LITERATURE AND ELECTRONIC LITERATURE

  • Gyorgy, E.
Abstract:
The concept of electronic, or ’born-digital‘ literature points to literary works that rely on digital media, which form an indispensable part of the aesthetic experience. The concept is only beginning to gain traction in literary studies, and as such, it still represents a relatively obscure part of it. Given that we are poised to rely more and more on digital media in the future, the concept is likely to remain relevant. Nevertheless, as it stands now, the different forms of interaction between electronic and print literature are scarcely researched. This paper deals with one of the under-researched areas, namely the transmedial relations of print literature and electronic literature. It aims to trace and describe the phenomenon of transmediality and transmedial storytelling (primarily in literature) by engaging with relevant theoretical works published on the subject (from theorists like Alice Bell, Marie-Laure Ryan, Mark J. P Wolf or Matthew Freeman) and demonstrate the concept’s usefulness in the context of print-digital literary relations. Furthermore, the paper aims to define various possible transmedial configurations between the abovementioned two domains and demonstrate the concept on a specific example. The example in question is Iain Pears’ Arcadia (2015), a complex novel that presents a storyworld in print and digital form as an iPad application. The paper will explain how a part of the novel contained in the iPad application could be viewed as an example of transmedial storytelling.
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Year:
2021
Type of Publication:
In Proceedings
Keywords:
transmediality; electronic literature; print-digital hybrids; experimental literature
Volume:
8
SGEM Book title:
8th SWS International Scientific Conference on Arts And Humanities - ISCAH 2021
Book number:
1
SGEM Series:
SWS International Scientific Conferences on ART and HUMANITIES - ISCAH
Pages:
205-212
Publisher address:
Vienna, Austria
SGEM supporters:
SWS Scholarly Society; Acad Sci Czech Republ; Latvian Acad Sci; Polish Acad Sci; Russian Acad Sci; Serbian Acad Sci & Arts; Natl Acad Sci Ukraine; Natl Acad Sci Armenia; Sci Council Japan; European Acad Sci, Arts & Letters; Acad Fine Arts Zagreb Croatia; C
Period:
25 - 26 October, Florence, Italy
ISBN:
978-3-903438-02-6
ISSN:
2682-9940
Conference:
8th SWS International Scientific Conference on Arts And Humanities - ISCAH 2021, 25 - 26 October, 2021
DOI:
10.35603/sws.iscah.f2021/s10.21
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