The “elevator pitch” version: my research is focused on how readers experience and engage with digital narratives. Digital narratives use computer and Internet-based technologies to tell stories that don’t necessarily follow a straight path and might include interactive elements. I am particularly interested in how these kinds of stories use digital technologies (like social media sites) to solicit readers to respond emotionally to the story and participate in shaping the overall narrative.
The slightly longer version: My doctoral dissertation is (tentatively) titled Reading Digital Narratives in Convergence Culture: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries as Cybertext and will explore readers’ experience of and engagement with digital narratives, analysing “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries“ (aka LBD) and its various participatory and interactive elements to understand how digital narratives like LBD engage with readers and (potentially) influence and/or affect the reading experience. LBD is an updated and reimagined version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and uses media platforms such as YouTube, Twitter, and Tumblr to distribute the story and allow readers to connect with and “talk” to Lizzie, Darcy, and other characters. My research will touch upon convergence cultures, transmedia storytelling, the post-broadcast political economy, reading processes in digital spaces, and (probably) much more. In addition to my own research, other areas of interest include electronic literature, digital media as a narrative tool, contemporary digital reading practices, and book culture online.
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