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New Media Literary Forms

Catalogue Number
Admin. code
Entry requirements
Enrolled in one of the MA Programs of the Faculty of Humanities
Time Period(s)
Semester 2 block 1 and 2
Educational institute
Organised by
Capacity group Media Studies
Onderwijsadministratie Mediastudies
Turfdraagsterpad 9
525 4962


Students will acquire knowledge and skills that will allow them

  • to analyze and contextualize literary publications produced with and for new-media platforms;
  • to debate these productions, in English, in a variety of academic, theoretical and critical texts in specific new media formats;
  • and to compose, copy edit, and publish, creative writing produced expressly with and for new-media tools and platforms.


Digital media have profoundly affected the way literary texts are written, read, and distributed. The course offers students theoretical and historical accounts of how hypertexts, blogs, Social Networking Sites (SNSs), Twitter, and, more recently, e-readers, have given rise to new, often more modular, informal, non-linear, conversational, abbreviated, multimodal and -medial, hyperlinked, interactive, and commodified forms of literary production and distribution. If many of these uses of literary language have roots in age-old traditions, they have often taken on new forms and functions since the advent of digital media.

We will discuss and learn to apply the various ways to approach these new forms of literature. Theories of lifelogging and self-documentation (Van Dijck, Kitzmann) are helpful tools in mapping how authors/readers construct identities online. Post-structural theory (Barthes, Baudrillard) will be used to understand the contextual, ethical and cultural effects of their works. On a next level, the works will be interpreted with the help of media-specific analysis. Questions on aesthetics, materiality, embodiment, affect and presence may be answered.

The course thus addresses a range of questions on different forms of new media literature: What happens when professional writers start ‘e-fashioning’ their lives in blogs, tweets, and Facebook updates? What is the influence of the networked environment on questions of authorship, readership, collaboration, democratization, professionalism, and canon? What are dialogical styles of writing? How do we assess the scholarly quality of these new forms? When is multi-media useful to communicate an idea? When would these texts be considered complete? In the course of exploring these questions, the class offers non-native English students the possibility to increase their English proficiency and their skills in copy-editing, as well as a greater grasp of novel technologies for scholarly communication and creative expression.

Registration at

For information: http://student.uva.nl/mnm; choose: A-Z; choose: Course and exam registration. Always consult the information on the Timetable.


Seminar and practicum


3 hours per week

Study materials

To be announced


To be announced


3 essays (each 20%) and final project (40%)