Digital transformations of literary text tend to extend it by making it more palpable, interactive, loaded with references and reflective of our inner cognitive processes. The dialogic and emotive power of multimedia narrative imparts to it spatial, material, encyclopedic and pro-active qualities. It is now, with book technology and written tradition in jeopardy, that the synthesis of narrative, visual and audio formats has become much easier to achieve. But this raises an important question: how does narrative benefit from these (material, referential, cognitive, and ideological) extensions? And, what might it lose or sacrifice to the computer? The paper looks at the possibilities of media to unlock the potential of literary works to become not just objects of reflection and contemplation, but also launching pads for action and moral judgment. It also considers challenges that literature must address in the electronic future.
|Keywords:||Digital Media, Textuality, Polyphony, Digital Narrative, Interactive Media|
Assistant Professor of English, Humanities and Arts Department, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Wellesley, Massachussetts, USA
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