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[Commlist] new book: Narrative Complexity

Thu Oct 24 15:12:17 GMT 2019

We would like to announce a new title from the University of Nebraska Press Frontiers of Narrative series, which we hope will be of interest.

*Narrative Complexity***

Cognition, Embodiment, Evolution

*Edited by Marina Grishakova & Maria Poulaki***

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“Encyclopedic in scope, /Narrative Complexity/ surveys a dazzling variety of genres, media forms, and theories about complexity, including artistic, literary, and scientific examples. Contributions by many eminent narratologists make this an invaluable work and essential reading for anyone interested in how the conjunction of narrative and complexity can be configured and interrogated. Kudos to the editors for introducing and assembling this remarkable collection.” *—N. Katherine Hayles, author of /Unthought: The Power of the Cognitive Nonconscious/*

“Challenging the distinction between ‘simplicity’ as primary and primordial and ‘complexity’ as secondary and derived from simplicity, these far-ranging studies make the case that human cultures and minds are inherently complex. They are indeterminate and uncertain. This holds particularly true for narrative discourse, which is at the heart of culture and mind. Understanding homo narrans means understanding the human being in the world in its most complex forms. As a consequence, narrative studies have to refine their intellectual instruments—conceptually, empirically, hermeneutically—in the ways impressively explored in this volume.”*—Jens Brockmeier, professor of psychology at the American University of Paris *

“This volume opens a new window on the emergence of narratology within the context of complexity theory. In contrast to its phase of pluralization in the form of diverse models and paradigms, narratology, by turning to complex phenomena such as self-organization, nonlinearity, recursion, and nonhierarchical relations in various media, is exploring new domains where the interactions between embodied cognition and social and cultural embeddedness are redefining the contours of narrative. /Narrative Complexity/ bears witness to the repositioning of the ‘conditions of possibility’ of narratology.”*—John Pier, University of Tours and CRAL (CNRS), Paris*

The variety in contemporary philosophical and aesthetic thinking as well as in scientific and experimental research on complexity has not yet been fully adopted by narratology. By integrating cutting-edge approaches, this volume takes a step toward filling this gap and establishing interdisciplinary narrative research of complexity.

/Narrative Complexity///provides a framework for a more complex and nuanced study of narrative and explores the experience of narrative complexity in terms of cognitive processing, affect, and mind and body engagement. Bringing together leading international scholars from a range of disciplines, this volume combines analytical effort and conceptual insight in order to relate more effectively our theories of narrative representation and complexities of intelligent behavior.

This collection engages important questions on how narrative complexity functions as an agent of cultural evolution, how our understanding of narrative complexity can be extended in light of new research in the social sciences and humanities, how interactive media produce new types of narrative complexity, and how the role of embodiment as a factor of narrative complexity acquires prominence in cognitive science and media studies. The contributors explore narrative complexity transmitted through various semiotic channels, embedded in multiple contexts, and experienced across different media, including film, comics, music, interactive apps, audiowalks, and ambient literature.

*Marina Grishakova*is a professor of comparative literature at the University of Tartu in Estonia. She is the author of /The Models of Space, Time and Vision in V. Nabokov’s Fiction: Narrative Strategies and Cultural Frames /and the coeditor /of Intermediality and Storytelling/. Maria Poulaki is a lecturer in film and digital media arts at the University of Surrey and the coeditor of /Compact Cinematics: The Moving Image in the Age of Bit-Sized Media./

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