|Image of Cruising, Electronic Literature Organization.|
What is narrative and how is it affected by new media developments. The focus will be on time-based narratives with a close reading of Cruising by Ingrid Ankerson and Megan Sapnar.
Basing our discussion on the week’s readings we’ll critique these main ideas:
- time-based narrative
Q1. How can we define nonsequentiality/multi-linearity, interactivity, narrative?
Q2. To what extent are these aspects determined by the text, the reader, the digital format?
Q3. What kinds of narratives are especially suited for a multi-linear/interactive format? Are there stories that can only be told in an online format?
Q4. Read Cruising. Analyse the structure of the narrative (is it non-linear, multi-linear?). How does it engage the reader? What are the textual mechanisms by which the text achieves engagement?
Update: After e-mailing the Currents' staff, they've given me a new URL leading to Marsh's essay:
Update: While I track down a cached copy of the following text, have a read of Megan Sapnar & Ingrid Ankerson's responses to students' interview questions about Cruising: http://culturenet.wordpress.com/tag/megan-sapnar-ankerson/
Ingrid Ankerson and Megan Sapnar, “Author Description, Cruising.”