Digital media and the 21st-century novel

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The history of the novel has always been intertwined with the emergence of new communication systems, from the first public postal networks to the rival audio-visual media of the 20th century. The internet revolution constitutes a similarly momentous paradigm shift, but the impact of this shift on the old media system of the novel remains little understood. This project will examine how the 21st-century novel has responded to the age of the internet, and what contemporary fiction can tell us about the human and social impact of technological change.

The ideal candidate for this project will be the recipient of a first-class Honours degree in literary studies, cultural studies or a related discipline, or else have completed a Masters (Research) in one of these disciplines. He or she will demonstrate expertise and interest in three main areas: global contemporary fiction, the history and theory of the novel, and the history and theory of media. Projects may focus exclusively on anglophone literature, but comparative approaches are also welcome, especially ones that investigate contemporary French and francophone fiction. 

Supervisory team
John
Attridge

Arts & Social Sciences
Arts and Media
Ramaswami
Harindranath

Arts & Social Sciences
Arts and Media
Paul
Dawson

Arts & Social Sciences
Arts and Media
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j.attridge@unsw.edu.au