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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
Publication Date Sep 15, 2014
Journal New Writing
Electronic ISSN 1479-0726
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 3
APA6 Citation Jordan, S. (2014). "An infinitude of Possible Worlds": towards a research method for hypertext fiction. International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, 11(3), https://doi.org/10.1080/14790726.2014.932390
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14790726.2014.932390
Keywords Hypertext, digital, fiction, research, method, interactivity
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14790726.2014.932390
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
Additional Information The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in New Writing (2014) www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14790726.2014.932390

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