BASIC TAXONOMY OF E-LIT: GENRES AND TYPES

  • Olena Pozharytska
Keywords: digital literature, digital fiction, digital non-fiction, digital quasi-fiction, plot-driven digital fiction, non-plot-driven digital fiction, digital prose, digital poetry, digital drama

Abstract

The article looks at electronic literature as a new type of literature that has become typical of the Information Age. Having sprung up from the print conventions of traditional literature, it is almost fully computer-dependent, thus asking for new genres and types to be singled out. The paper aims at disclosing the cognitive core of electronic literature as such and suggests the basic units of its taxonomy. A conclusion is made about there existing digital fiction (e-fiction), digital non-fiction (e-non-fiction), and digital quasi-fiction (e-quasi-fiction). Plot-driven fiction and non-plot-driven fiction are understood as two major types of e-fiction. As umbrella genres the generic concepts of digital prose (e-prose), digital poetry (e-poetry), and digital drama (e-drama) are parcelled out, the latter including video games with a strong narrative and sense-making verbal components.

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Published
2017-12-05
Pages
072-078
Section
SECTION II. THE FUNCTIONAL SEMANTICS OF LEXICAL AND GRAMMATICAL UNITS