Post-Postmodernist Fiction and the Rise of Digital Epitexts (THEORY INTERPRETATION NARRATIV) (Hardcover)

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Post-Postmodernist Fiction and the Rise of Digital Epitexts (THEORY INTERPRETATION NARRATIV) (Hardcover)

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Post-Postmodernist Fiction and the Rise of Digital Epitexts explores new dynamics created by the intersection of digital media and contemporary fiction, arguing that these synergies are part of the cultural context in which the post-postmodernist novel emerges. Virginia Pignagnoli introduces a rhetorical theory of paratexts meant to reshape traditional views of paratextuality, providing categories, functions, and properties able to accommodate new digital practices, such as those of digital epitexts (authors’ social media posts and novels’ websites, for example), that widen the space for authorial creation and narrative exchange beyond the print novel. Focusing on the effects digital epitexts have on audiences, Pignagnoli presents an analysis of contemporary novels—by Michael Chabon, Jennifer Egan, Catherine Lacey, Meg Wolitzer, and Dave Eggers—that display a post-postmodern sensitivity in dialogue with some of the ways digital epitexts are currently employed. Ultimately, in showing how twenty-first-century novels and digital epitexts are co-constitutive, Pignagnoli offers a vision of a new post-postmodernism interested in sincerity, relationality, and intersubjectivity.
Virginia Pignagnoli is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English and German Philology at the University of Zaragoza.
Product Details ISBN: 9780814215425
ISBN-10: 0814215424
Publisher: Ohio State University Press
Publication Date: April 20th, 2023
Pages: 158
Language: English
Series: THEORY INTERPRETATION NARRATIV
“The study of the paratext has become a typical feature of nearly any literary analysis, but as so many other aspects and dimensions of literary and rhetorical analysis, the digital turn has made it in need of a solid update. Pignagnoli’s study of the digital epitext fills in such a crucial gap, and it does so in a sound and useful way. … Pignagnoli is a good reader, a good writer, a good teacher.” —Jan Baetens, Leonardo

“Pignagnoli addresses an important facet of contemporary narratology—the changing role of paratextual information for the communicative model of narrative—providing rich and compelling examples of the evolving condition of author/reader communication during the current digital age.” —Daniel Punday, author of Playing at Narratology: Digital Media as Narrative Theory