Screen Narrative in the Digital Era
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Editorial Acknowledgments Screen Narrative in the Digital Era Ian Christe and Annie van den Oever PART I Theory in Contemporary Contexts: Reassessing Key Questions Stories and Storytelling in the Era of Graphic Narrative Jan Baetens Rediscovering Iconographic Storytelling Vincent Amiel Wallowing in Dissonance. The Attractiveness of Impossible Puzzle Films Miklós Kiss and Steven Willemsen "Storification"; or, What Do We Want Psychology and Physiology to Tell Us About Stories? Ian Christie Transmedia Storytelling. New Practices and Audiences Melanie Schiller PART II History and Analyses The Endless Endings of Michelangelo Antonioni's Films José Moure The Film that Dreams. About David Lynch's TWIN PEAKS Season 3 Dominique Chateau Spoilers, Twists and Dragons. Popular Narrative After GAME OF THRONES Sandra Laugier PART III Discussions Storytelling and Mainstream Television Today John Ellis and Annie van den Oever The Single Shot, Narration and Creativity in the Space of Everyday Communication Roger Odin PART IV Practicalities Rewriting Proust. Working with Chantal Akerman on LA CAPTIVE: A Conversation Eric de Kuyper and Annie van den Oever Introduction to DICKENSIAN: an Intertextual Universe? Ian Christie The Lives of the Characters in DICKENSIAN Luke McKernan Music Structuring Narrative. A Dialogue Robert Ziegler and Ian Christie Notes on Contributors Index of Names Index of Film Titles

Reviews and Features

"There are very few book series that fully keep to what they promised, as "The Key Debates" does. An incredible effort in critically covering wide regions of our field -- with their traditional assets and their sudden innovations. Visual storytelling poses puzzling questions: the seventh volume of the series tries to answer them." - Francesco Casetti, Yale University "Rather than explaining our previous accounts of story-telling and story-viewing, this exciting collection opens up the field to important new questions about complex, large, and transmedia narratives. It is a valuable contribution to research on how and why we engage with stories." - Janet Staiger, University of Texas "An indispensable collection of essays exploring the complexities of storytelling in today's multi-faceted media environment. This volume constitutes another important contribution to ongoing debates in Film and Media Studies provided by a remarkable book series." - Frank Kessler, Utrecht University

Ian Christie, Annie van den Oever (eds)


Screen Narrative in the Digital Era

Stories are perceived as central to modern life. Not only in narrative entertainment media, such as television, cinema, theater, but also in social media. Telling/having "a story" is widely deemed essential, in business as well as in social life. Does this mark an intensification of what has always been part of human cultures; or has the realm of "story" expanded to dominate twenty-first century discourse? Addressing stories is an obvious priority for the Key Debates series, and Volume 7, edited by Ian Christie and Annie van den Oever, identifies new phenomena in this field — complex narration, puzzle films, transmedia storytelling — as well as new approaches to understanding these, within narratology and bio-cultural studies. Chapters on such extended television series as Twin Peaks, Game of Thrones and Dickensian explore distinctively new forms of screen storytelling in the digital age. With contributions by Vincent Amiel, Jan Baetens, Dominique Chateau, Ian Christie, John Ellis, Miklós Kiss, Eric de Kuyper, Sandra Laugier, Luke McKernan, José Moure, Roger Odin, Annie van den Oever, Melanie Schiller, Steven Willemsen, Robert Ziegler.

Ian Christie

Ian Christie is a film historian and curator, currently Professor of Film and Media History at Birkbeck, University of London. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and has been a visiting professor and fellow at universities in Chicago, Tampa, Stockholm, Canberra, Paris and Olomouc, and at Gresham College in London 2017-21, as well as Slade Professor of Fine Art at Cambridge University in 2006. He has written and edited books on Powell and Pressburger, Russian cinema, Martin Scorsese and Terry Gilliam; and contributed to many exhibitions

Annie van den Oever

Annie van den Oever is a Professor of Film at the University of Groningen; an Extraordinary Professor of Film at the University of the Free State (until January 2024); and a Senior Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg (since March 2024). Recent books: Doing Experimental Media Archaeology. Theory(De Gruyter, 2022, with Andreas Fickers); and Visual Media, Distortions, and the Grotesque as a Dominant Format Today (AUP 2024, forthcoming).