• The Pleasure of the Blog: The Early Novel, the Serial, and the Narrative Archive

    Author(s):
    Kathleen Fitzpatrick (see profile)
    Date:
    2007
    Subject(s):
    Cultural studies, Digital humanities
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    cultural studies, digital humanities
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6G59M
    Abstract:
    This paper explores the literary potential of the personal blog, arguing that the form may usefully understood in relationship to the early novel. As it has been argued that the representations of individual characters in the early novel helped to bring the modern understanding of the individual into being, so this paper argues that the character produced through the database-oriented form of the blog is bringing into being a new form of networked subjectivity. In order to fully appreciate the pleasure entailed in reading blogs, however, one must add to this understanding of the functions of narrative and database an understanding of seriality, and particularly the feminized form of serial typified by the soap opera.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Book chapter
    Author/Editor:
    Thomas N. Burg and Jan Schmidt
    Book Title:
    Blogtalks Reloaded: Social Software Research and Cases
    Status:
    Published
    License:
    Attribution

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