From Literary Classics to Twitter: Some Examples of Retelling

Claudia Cao

Abstract


After having defined the “microliterature” among the digital textual forms and after a brief analysis of its origin, this paper gives an overview of the three main narrative forms risen from Twitter, with particular attention for the widespread phenomenon of retellings.

The aim of this study is to examine the two more diffused typologies of serial retelling ‒ the collective and the authorial form ‒ throughout the concept of convergence theorized by Jenkins (2006). Finally, the last example taken into consideration ‒ Twitterature (Penguin 2009), sixty retellings of literary classics reproducing the Twitter texts ‒ testifies the circularity and reciprocity of the osmosis process between literature and new media.


Keywords


retelling; Twitterature; literary classics; digital literature; convergence; new media

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13125/2039-6597/1330

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