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Defining transmedia narrative: problems and questions. Dialogue with Mary-Laure Ryan

Author(s): Franco Passalacqua | Federico Pianzola

Journal: Enthymema
ISSN 2037-2426

Issue: 4;
Start page: 65;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: narrative sequence | narratology | transmedia narrative

In this interview Mary-Laure Ryan faces some problems that arise from her definition of «transmedia narrative». Can every semiotic system tell stories? How can we elaborate a definition of «narrative» which accounts both for cognitive and semantic aspects? How can we dispense with the syntactic level if we need a definition of «narrativity» that suits every semiotic system? Answering these questions, Ryan deals with other proposals developed around the same theoretical problems, and points out a thought-provoking argument against Meir Sternberg’s functionalist definition of narrative.

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