New Literary Hybrids in the Age of Multimedia Expression

Crossing borders, crossing genres

| Virginia Commonwealth University
ISBN 9789027234636 | EUR 150.00 | USD 225.00
ISBN 9789027269331 | EUR 150.00 | USD 225.00
Begun in 2010 as part of the “Histories of Literatures in European Languages” series sponsored by the International Comparative Literature Association, the current project on New Literary Hybrids in the Age of Multimedia Expression recognizes the global shift toward the visual and the virtual in all areas of textuality: the printed, verbal text is increasingly joined with the visual, often electronic, text. This shift has opened up new domains of human achievement in art and culture. The international roster of 24 contributors to this volume pursue a broad range of issues under four sets of questions that allow a larger conversation to emerge, both inside the volume’s sections and between them. The four sections cover, 1) Multimedia Productions in Theoretical and Historical Perspective; 2) Regional and Intercultural Projects; 3) Forms and Genres; and, 4) Readers and Rewriters in Multimedia Environments. The essays included in this volume are examples of the kinds of projects and inquiries that have become possible at the interface between literature and other media, new and old. They emphasize the extent to which hypertextual, multimedia, and virtual reality technologies have enhanced the sociality of reading and writing, enabling more people to interact than ever before. At the same time, however, they warn that, as long as these technologies are used to reinforce old habits of reading/ writing, they will deliver modest results. One of the major tasks pursued by the contributors to this volume is to integrate literature in the global informational environment where it can function as an imaginative partner, teaching its interpretive competencies to other components of the cultural landscape.
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Table of Contents
General Introduction
Literature and Multimedia through the Latter Half of the Twentieth- and Early Twenty-First Century
Marcel Cornis-Pope
Part One. Multimedia Productions in Theoretical and Historical Perspective
A. Theoretical Explorations
Electronic Literature and Modes of Production: Art in the Era of Digital and Digital-Network Paradigm
Katarina Peović Vuković
Methodological Rationale for the Taxonomy of the PO.EX Digital and Digital-Network Paradigm
Rui Torres, Manuel Portela and Maria do Carmo Castelo Branco de Sequeira
The Role of Genetic Criticism in the Debates Concerning Literary Creativity
Verónica Galíndez-Jorge
B. Historical Contextualizations
Beckett and Beyond: Ergodic Texts, the Neo-Baroque, and Intermedia Performance as Social Sculpture
Karl E. Jirgens
A Forerunner of “Cybridity” The “Tachypanism” of the Italian Futurists
Bernardo Piciché
Articulate Flesh: D. H. Lawrence and the Modern Media Ecology
Michael Wutz
Part Two. Regional and Intercultural Projects
Picking Up the Pieces: History and Memory in European Digital Literature
Yra van Dijk
Postcolonial Co-Ordinary Literature and the Web 2.0/3.0: “Thinking Back” within Transmediatic Knowledge
Pedro de Andrade
Agency through Faith: (Re‑)Writing Religious and Gender Identities in the Netherlands
Eva Midden
New Literary Hybrids in the Age of Multimedia Expression: The Case of “Post-Colonial” East-Central Europe
Marcel Cornis-Pope
Russian and Other Eastern European Literatures on Digital Maps
Reneta Vankova Bozhankova
The Memory of the Holocaust and the New Hyper/Cyber-Textuality
Nevena Daković and Ivana Uspenski
Part Three. Forms and Genres
On Codework: A Phenomenology of an Anti-Genre
Talan Memmott
“Womping” the Metazone of the Festival Dada: Jason Nelson’s evidence of everything exploding
Astrid Ensslin
Nonfiction Comics as a Medium of Remembrance and Mourning and as a Cosmopolitan Genre of Social and Political Engagement
Leonora Flis
Hybridization of Text and Image: The Case of Photography
Bogumila Suwara
Communicating Posthuman Bodies in Contemporary Performing Arts
Joanna Spassova-Dikova
The Image between Cinema and Performance: Transformations and Interactions
Victoria Pérez Royo
Eastern European Writers’ Online Literary Diaries
Reneta Vankova Bozhankova
Part Four. Readers and Rewriters in Multimedia Environments
Ten Reasons Why I Read Digital Literature
Alan Bigelow
Authors, Readers, and Convergence Culture: Storytelling in the Social Network Era
Francesca Pasquali
Author-Reader Interactions in the Age of Hypertextual and Multimedia Communication
Marcel Cornis-Pope
The E-Literary Text as an Instrument and a Ride: Novel Forms of Digital Literature and the Expanded Concept of Reading
Janez Strehovec
Tablets and the New Materiality of Reading
Susana Tosca and Helle Nina Pedersen
De-Scripting through Virtual Typewriters as Reported by Caliban, a Sperker of Ynglish Langbage
Artur Matuck
Works Cited
Index of Names, Titles and Major Topics
“This collection of essays offers an example of the kinds of international projects and inquiries that have become possible at the interface between literature and other media, both new and old. The book shows how hypertextual, multimedia, and virtual reality technologies are involved in this process. The general purpose of the volume is to integrate literature into the global informational environment, starting from the assumption that literature is actually benefitting from that interaction with other media. Thus, innovative literary practices emerge, emphasizing cross-cultural interplay as well as translation. All in all, this is a very interesting book for scholars and other people interested in the new hybrid forms of textuality in our interdisciplinary media-driven world.”
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Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies
BIC Subject: DSA – Literary theory
BISAC Subject: LIT000000 – LITERARY CRITICISM / General
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