Between Journal (journal issue) "Technology, Imagination, Narrative Forms" (Vol. 4, n. 8, 2014)
In the last decades, especially since the inception of digital literature, the impact of new technologies on narrative forms has been increasingly discussed: from George P. Landow's seminal work on early hypertexts (1997) to Katherine Hayles' s ruminations on how we write and think in posthuman times (2012). State of the art enquiries growingly consider the way in which texts interface with technologies in a continuous process of 'remediation' (i.e. the 'refashioning' of old media by new media – Bolter and Grusin, 2001), and the 'radiant' textualities (Jerome McGann, 2001) which are the outcome of this process, as well as the focus of a more 'media-conscious' narratology (see Marie-Laure Ryan, 2004; and 2014, forthcoming).
Based on the assumption that those which seem to be the most debated themes are no more than the latest manifestations in a long history of interconnections between technology and literary and cultural narratives, the next issue of the journal intends to develop a critical reflection on these intertwining connections in a historical perspective. In particular, the discussion will develop around the ways in which different forms of creation and reception of cultural products (literature, theatre, cinema, music, figurative arts) have responded across the centuries to the invention and circulation of innovative, revolutionary and unconventional technological processes and products. Among the possible topics to be addressed: the influence of technology on the reconfiguration of literary writing and/or on the relationship between literary writing and the oral tradition; intertwinings and contaminations between literature and visual technologies, words and images; technologies of memory; work of art reproducibility and rhetorics of connection: citation, reuse, parody, transmediality, criticism on the Web; literary models in media storytelling and 'remediations'; impact of technologies and network protocols on narration: communities and Open source, collective writing and Fan fiction; books without end or the end of books?
Submission deadline: 10 July 2014 (instructions at http://ojs.unica.it/index.php/between/pages/view/Submissions)