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Transmedial Narration

Narratives and Stories in Different Media

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  • 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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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.

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Part I

  2. Part II

  3. Part III

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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