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"An infinitude of Possible Worlds": towards a research method for hypertext fiction

Jordan, Spencer

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While the investigation of creative writing as a research method is gathering apace, little work has been done into the specific case of hypertext fiction (fiction written through a digital medium). This paper argues that, while there remain certain similarities between paper-based and digital texts, fundamental differences in design and construction remain. If hypertext fictions are to be successfully understood, then the role and purpose of the digital writer needs to be more fully analysed as part of the creative process. This paper argues that Possible Worlds Theory offers a way forward. With its focus on the ontological structures created by hypertext fiction, Possible World Theory actively embraces narrative indeterminacy and ontological changeability. In this sense the method provides a structured means by which the creative manipulation of the unique affordances of a digital medium by a writer can be theorised.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 22, 2014
Online Publication Date Jul 10, 2014
Publication Date Sep 15, 2014
Deposit Date Mar 11, 2016
Publicly Available Date Mar 11, 2016
Journal New Writing
Electronic ISSN 1479-0726
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 3
Keywords Hypertext, digital, fiction, research, method, interactivity
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Additional Information The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in New Writing (2014)


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