Storyworlds across Media: Toward a Media-Conscious Narratology

Storyworlds across Media: Toward a Media-Conscious Narratology


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Storyworlds across Media: Toward a Media-Conscious Narratology by Marie-Laure Ryan

The proliferation of media and their ever-increasing role in our daily life has produced a strong sense that understanding media—everything from oral storytelling, literary narrative, newspapers, and comics to radio, film, TV, and video games—is key to understanding the dynamics of culture and society. Storyworlds across Media explores how media, old and new, give birth to various types of storyworlds and provide different ways of experiencing them, inviting readers to join an ongoing theoretical conversation focused on the question: how can narratology achieve media-consciousness?

The first part of the volume critically assesses the cross- and transmedial validity of narratological concepts such as storyworld, narrator, representation of subjectivity, and fictionality. The second part deals with issues of multimodality and intermediality across media. The third part explores the relation between media convergence and transmedial storyworlds, examining emergent forms of storytelling based on multiple media platforms. Taken together, these essays build the foundation for a media-conscious narratology that acknowledges both similarities and differences in the ways media narrate.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803245631
Publisher: UNP - Nebraska Paperback
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Series: Frontiers of Narrative Series
Pages: 380
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Marie-Laure Ryan is an independent scholar. She is the author of Possible Worlds, Artificial Intelligence, and Narrative Theory; Narrative as Virtual Reality; and Avatars of Story, as well as the editor of Narrative across Media (Nebraska, 2004), among others. Jan-Noël Thon is a research associate in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Tübingen. Most recently, he has coedited From Comic Strips to Graphic Novels: Contributions to the Theory and History of Graphic Narrative.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgments xi

Storyworlds across Media: Introduction Marie-Laure Ryan Jan-Noël Thon 1

Part 1 Mediality and Transmediality

1 Story/Worlds/Media: Tuning the Instruments of a Media-Conscious Narratology Marie-Laure Ryan 25

2 Emplotting a Storyworld in Drama: Selection, Time, and Construal in the Discourse of Hamlet Patrick Colm Hogan 50

3 Subjectivity across Media: On Transmedial Strategies of Subjective Representation in Contemporary Feature Films, Graphic Novels, and Computer Games Jan-Noël Thon 67

4 Fiction across Media: Toward a Transmedial Concept of Fictionality Frank Zipfel 103

5 Framings of Narrative in Literature and the Pictorial Arts Werner Wolf 126

Part 2 Multimodality and Intermediality

6 The Rise of the Multimodal Novel: Generic Change and Its Narratological Implications Wolfgang Hallet 151

7 On Absent Carrot Sticks: The Level of Abstraction in Video Games Jesper Juul 173

8 Film + Comics: A Multimodal Romance in the Age of Transmedial Convergence Jared Gardner 193

9 Tell It Like a Game: Scott Pilgrim and Performative Media Rivalry Jeff Thoss 211

10 Those Insane Dream Sequences: Experientiality and Distorted Experience in Literature and Video Games Marco Caracciolo 230

Part 3 Transmedia Storytelling and Transmedial Worlds

11 Strategies of Storytelling on Transmedia Television Jason Mittell 253

12 A Taxonomy of Transmedia Storytelling Colin B. Harvey 278

13 Game of Thrones: Transmedial Worlds, Random, and Social Gaming Lisbeth Klastrup Susana Tosca 295

14 Transmedial Narration and Fan Fiction: The Storyworld of The Vampire Diaries Maria Lindgren Leavenworth 315

15 The Developing Storyworld of H. P. Lovecraft Van Leavenworth 332

Contributors 351

Index 357

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