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Sarah Mygind

PhD Fellow

Sarah Mygind
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The New Extensions and Reconstructions of Children’s Literature – A Study of Transmedia Storytelling for Children and Young People.

The ever-increasing digitization has within a short period of time entailed radically new conditions for agents in the literary field. Digital experimentations with fiction leveled at the adult readership have, however, not had a real break-through, whereas literature for children and young people at a national and international level curiously has incorporated and experimented with digitization and new technology. The media experimentations of children’s literature and its impact on literature, the reading experience and the literary circuit have, nevertheless, been underexposed in critical reception.

My PhD project seeks to remedy this by exploring how the current media landscape and especially digitization influence children’s literature and its distinctive circuit. I will be focusing on a tendency among producers and developers of apps, eBooks and games for children to employ and extend fictional characters and fictional worlds that were originally tied to the printed book and its traditionally linear plot and form of reading. Consequently the literary production of meaning spreads in disparate media and literature’s conventional frame is destabilized.

My thesis is that the new transmedia “extensions” of children’s literature bear witness to an emergence of new aesthetic experiments, reading modes and commercial strategies that reposition and redefine literature and the printed book in the global media landscape. I will argue that these extensions of already accessible and acknowledged fictional worlds is not only to be understood as a profitable inevitability for the entertainment and publishing industry but also as a new cultural, literary and reading paradigm.

 

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