Ritual Repetition and Narrative Development

Daniele Barbieri

Abstract


Modern seriality shares a number of features with what we could call primary seriality, being periodicity the main difference between them. The birth and development of the novel as a unitary narrative form historically separates them, and it is novel's very existence what allows the theoretical issue about the nature of seriality.  But in the intercourse between primary and modern seriality we meet also the birth and development of periodic print, which will represent a model for modern seriality. In understanding the relationship between seriality and narration, sagas play a crucial role, being the most difficult case to assimilate to standard model. We can observe that in some sagas narrative dynamics are actually not the focus of reader's attention, and just build up the frame of a sort of access to myth. And what happens when modern seriality reduces its distance from primary one, neutralizing its periodicity (e.g. by publishing TV series on the Web)?


Keywords


Seriality; semiotics; narrativity; comics; myth

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13125/2039-6597/2119

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