Experimental Narratives Conference Publication

Monday 31 October 2016

A selection of the papers given at the IMLR's Experimental Narratives conference has been published as a special issue of the Journal of Romance Studies (16.1, 2016), entitled Reading Practices in Experimental Narratives, edited by Emanuela Patti. 

The concept for this interdisciplinary collection was explored during the MHRA-sponsored conference Experimental Narratives: From the Novel to Digital Storytelling, held on 26 and 27 February 2015 at the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR) and co-organised by Godela Weiss-Sussex, Jordana Blejmar, Sam Merrill and Emanuela Patti. The event explored the theme of ‘narrative experimentalism’ across languages, from the experimental literature of the 1960s to the most recent experiments of digital fiction. Case studies included avant-garde and postmodern experiments with the novel form, graphic novels, electronic hypertext fiction, game literature, participatory narratives, fan fiction and transmedia storytelling.

Adopting a comparative perspective across cultures, Reading Practices in Experimental Narratives gathers together contributions that address experimental fiction in both, and across, printed literature and digital media. The six articles investigate, in particular, innovative reading practices and how these are affected by the medium that conveys them. Topics include the interplay between author and reader in narratives where active user participation is not only afforded but also encouraged, remediation and transmedia practices, and readers’ expectations and desires.  

Contributors: Emanuela Patti, Sabine Zubarik, William Docherty Halbert, Erika Fuloep, Kristin Veel, Giulia Iannuzzi.