Avatars of Story
By (author) Marie-Laure Ryan
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Avatars of Story by Marie-Laure Ryan
Book DescriptionThis work traces the transformation of storytelling in the digital age. Since its inception, narratology has developed primarily as an investigation of literary narrative fiction. In "Avatars of Story", Marie-Laure Ryan moves beyond literary works to examine electronic narrative forms. By grappling with semiotic media other than language and technology other than print, she reveals how digital media convey meaning and create stories. Ryan begins by considering texts such as a 1989 Cubs - Giants baseball broadcast, the reality television show "Survivor", and the film "The Truman Show". She then expands her investigation into new media: computer games such as EverQuest and Super Mario Bros., software-driven hypertext fiction such as the GPS-based 314 North 118 West, and Facade, a multimedia, AI-supported project in interactive drama. In doing so, Ryan distinguishes a spectrum of narrative modes, such as utilitarian, illustrative, indeterminate, and metaphorical. Ultimately, Ryan stresses the difficulty of reconciling narrativity with interactivity and anticipates the time when media will provide new ways to experience stories or even permanently alter what is recognized as story.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780816646869
(229mm x 150mm x 17mm)
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 30-Jul-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Marie-Laure Ryan
Narrative as Virtual Reality, Paperback (December 2015)
Following the cognitive approaches that have rehabilitated immersion as the product of fundamental processes of world-construction and mental simulation, she details the many forms that interactivity has taken-or hopes to take-in digital texts, from determining the presentation of signs to affecting the level of story.
Storyworlds across Media, Paperback (July 2014)
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?
Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media, Paperback (May 2014)
The result is an easy-to-consult reference for digital media scholars or anyone wishing to become familiar with this fast-developing field.
Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory, Paperback (September 2007)» View all books by Marie-Laure Ryan
Providing coverage of structuralist models and of the frameworks developed for the study of literary narratives, this reference also seeks to give an overview of paradigms for analyzing stories across a variety of media and genres - from film, television, opera, and digital environments, to gossip, sports broadcasts, and comics and graphic novels.
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Author Biography - Marie-Laure Ryan
Marie-Laure Ryan is an independent scholar and the author of, most recently, Narrative as Virtual Reality: Immersion and Interactivity in Literature and Electronic Media.
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