Literary Narrative in the Age of New Media: Challenges and Opportunities

By Svetlana Nikitina.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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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

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 10, pp.7-18. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 600.907KB).

Svetlana Nikitina

Assistant Professor of English, Humanities and Arts Department, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Wellesley, Massachussetts, USA

I am currently an Assistant Professor of English at Worcester Polytechnic Institute where I teach a variety of English, American and Russian Literature courses. I also serve as lead faculty in the humanities for the University of Phoenix (Greater Boston campus). My research interests include comparative and environmental literature, emerging forms of multimedia narrative and modernist movement in European poetry. I have recently participated as a senior researcher on the Harvard’s Graduate School of Education nationwide study of interdisciplinary learning at the pre-collegiate, collegiate and professional level. I received Ph.D. is in Philology (Comparative Literature) from Moscow State University, where I have been trained in Slavic, Romance and Germanic Studies. This training provided me with a solid foundation in a wide range of the humanities disciplines (linguistics, literary theory, history, and philosophy). In addition to humanities, I hold a master’s degree in Human Development and Psychology (Ed.M.) from Harvard University.

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