Immersion in digital fiction

BELL, Alice, ENSSLIN, Astrid, VAN DER BOM, Isabelle and SMITH, Jen (2018). Immersion in digital fiction. International Journal of Literary Linguistics, 7 (1).

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Abstract

In this article, we profile an empirically grounded, cognitive approach to immersion in digital fiction by combining text-driven stylistic analysis with insights from theories of cognition and reader-response research. We offer a new analytical method for immersive features in digital fiction by developing deictic shift theory for the affordances of digital media. We also provide empirically substantiated insights to show how immersion is experienced cognitively by using Andy Campbell and Judi Alston’s (2015) digital fiction piece WALLPAPER as a case study. We add ‘interactional deixis’ and ‘audible deixis’ to Stockwell’s (2002) model to account for the multimodal nature of immersion in digital fiction. We also show how extra-textual features can contribute to immersion and thus propose that they should be accounted for when analysing immersion across media. We conclude that the analytical framework and reader response protocol that we develop here can be adapted for application to texts across media.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Humanities Research Centre
Departments: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities > Humanities
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.15462/ijll.v7i1.105
Depositing User: Alice Bell
Date Deposited: 09 May 2018 08:34
Last Modified: 09 May 2018 08:50
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/21040

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