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Transmedial Narration

Narratives and Stories in Different Media


  • Brings together the fields of linguistics, literature and media studies to provide an interdisciplinary perspective

  • Breaks new ground by presenting a truly transmedial approach to narratology

  • Includes case studies that focus on four different media forms that are not generally considered cases of narrative

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-viii
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Opening

      • Lars Elleström
      Pages 3-19Open Access
    3. Circumscribing Narration

      • Lars Elleström
      Pages 21-33Open Access
    4. Defining Narration

      • Lars Elleström
      Pages 35-43Open Access
    5. Narrating Through Media Modalities

      • Lars Elleström
      Pages 45-60Open Access
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 61-61
    2. Communicating, Narrating, and Focalizing Minds

      • Lars Elleström
      Pages 63-75Open Access
    3. Events

      • Lars Elleström
      Pages 77-84Open Access
    4. Temporal Interrelations

      • Lars Elleström
      Pages 85-94Open Access
    5. Internal Coherence

      • Lars Elleström
      Pages 95-102Open Access
    6. External Truthfulness

      • Lars Elleström
      Pages 103-112Open Access
  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 113-113
    2. Narration in Qualified Media Types

      • Lars Elleström
      Pages 115-135Open Access
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 137-152

About this book

This open access book is a methodical treatise on narration in different types of media. A theoretical rather than a historical study, Transmedial Narration is relevant for an understanding of narration in all times, including our own. By reconstructing the theoretical framework of transmedial narration, this book enables the inclusion of all kinds of communicative media forms on their own terms.

The treatise is divided into three parts. Part I presents established and newly developed concepts that are vital for formulating a nuanced theoretical model of transmedial narration. Part II investigates the specific transmedial media characteristics that are most central for realizing narratives in a plenitude of different media types. Finally, Part III contains brief studies in which the narrative potentials of painting, instrumental music, mathematical equations, and guided tours are illuminated with the aid of the theoretical framework developed throughout the book. Suitable for advanced students and scholars, this book provides tools to disentangle the narrative potential of any form of communication.


  • Communication
  • Narration
  • Narratology
  • Transmedial Narratology
  • Intermediality
  • Multimodality
  • Semiotics
  • Narratological Theory
  • Communicative Media
  • Intermedial Studies
  • Open Access

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Film and Literature, Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden

    Lars Elleström

About the author

Lars Elleström is Professor of Comparative Literature at Linnæus University, Sweden, and chairs the board of the International Society for Intermedial Studies. He has written and edited several books, including Divine Madness (2002), Media Borders, Multimodality and Intermediality (2010), and Media Transformation (2014).

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