CFR: Digital Narratology

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Reading digital media is a pervasive pastime. From Twitter and blogs to online news sites, ereaders, and fan fiction, new stories are told in digital spaces. Expanding narrative beyond text to digital distribution of television and film means that many of the stories we consume happen through a digital medium.This month we will look at the work of digital narratology and the ways in which digital spaces change or define narrative. Sharing research projects is welcome, but we are also interested in applicable projects or meta-considerations of digital narratives.

Responses may include but are not limited to:

  • Considerations of narrative and the medium
  • Social media and narrative
  • Uses of digital narratives in the classroom
  • New applications of narratology
  • Digital humanities methodologies and narrative research

Responses are 400-600 words and typically focus on introducing an idea for larger discussion, with the idea that interested individuals will read responses daily. Proposals may be brief (a few sentences) and should state your topic and approach. You may submit as an individual or offer up a special cluster of responses. Submit proposals or questions to by November 1 to be considered for inclusion in this project.

In case you are unfamiliar with MediaCommons, we are an experimental project created in 2006 by Drs. Kathleen Fitzpatrick and Avi Santo, seeking to envision how a born-digital scholarly press might re-conceptualize both the processes and end-products of scholarship. MediaCommons was initially developed in collaboration with the Institute for the Future of the Book through a grant from the MacArthur Foundation and is currently supported by New York University’s Digital Library Technology Services through funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The site regularly receives tens of thousands of unique readers a month.