What does it mean to say that digital writing technologies have re-inscribed the notion of narrative? What has the World Wide Web done for, or to, contemporary literary practice? Is it too late for a study of digital fiction? Or too early?

With the recession of hypertext theory’s utopianism and the varied claims of liberation and democratization it fed, it is now possible to ask, with more perspective and precision, not what digital media will mean for narrative literature, literary study, and reading itself, but what it has already meant.

This is the task set by Reading Network Fiction, which resists the rush of techno-culture and indulges in that age-old pleasure of making time for a good story – except that the stories it examines are all written, paradoxically, on and for the computer screen.



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Reading Network Fiction is published by the University of Alabama Press, 2007.
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