From Literary Classics to Twitter: Some Examples of Retelling

  • Claudia Cao University of Cagliari
Keywords: retelling, Twitterature, literary classics, digital literature, convergence, new media


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.


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Author Biography

Claudia Cao, University of Cagliari

Claudia Cao received a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Cagliari in 2013. Her dissertation deals with rewritings and adaptations of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. She has taken part to national and international conferences (Compalit 2011, Acla 2012, Mod 2013, Intersemtrans 2013, Compalit 2013) and in 2012 she was one of the organizers of the web graduate conference “Adaptation: The transformation of stories through code-switching”. She is a member of the editorial board of Between where she has published two essays in 2012. She has also published a contribution on three sequels of Great Expectations on Rhesis 3.2.


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How to Cite
Cao, C. (2014). From Literary Classics to Twitter: Some Examples of Retelling. Between, 4(8).
Intermediality, Transmediality, Fanfiction