Connecting all with everything : coming from the same egg

Title: Connecting all with everything : coming from the same egg
Variant title:
  • Connecter tout qui vient du même œuf
Author: Tutek, Nikola
Source document: The Central European journal of Canadian studies. 2020, vol. 15, iss. [1], pp. 91-105
  • ISSN
    1213-7715 (print)
    2336-4556 (online)
Type: Article
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In this article I propose an updated interdisciplinary literary theory, one which would be more suitable for holistic analyses of the modern and mostly multimodal literature than traditional research was. The updated literary theory focuses on questions of creation (authors' motivation in creation process and the choice of intermodal content), reading (how multimodal texts influence reading processes), interpretation (the way readers belonging to various cultural circles decipher the author's internal choice of intermodal content, and what external cultural connotations readers add in their interpretations), and, finally, literary theory (how literary theory influences literary production, and more importantly, how modern multimodal literature influences the development of literary theory). Most importantly, the theory provides possible ways of connecting and analyzing interacting literary and non-literary elements of meanings in (and out of) the particular cultural circle from which literature derives. All of this article's focus points are illustrated with examples from Anglophone multimodal CanLit (including Atwood, Munro, Ondaatje, and Schoemperlen), and Jean-François Pouliot and Robert Bélisle's 1979 very short film The Egg.
Cet article propose une théorie littéraire interdisciplinaire qui conviendrait mieux aux analyses holistiques d'une littérature moderne et principalement multimodale. Cette théorie se concentre sur les questions de création (la motivation des auteurs dans le processus de création et le choix du contenu intermodal), la lecture (comment les textes multimodaux influencent les processus de lecture), l'interprétation (la façon dont les lecteurs appartenant à divers cercles culturels déchiffrent le choix interne de l'auteur contenu intermodal, et quelles connotations culturelles externes les lecteurs ajoutent dans leurs interprétations) et, enfin, la théorie littéraire (comment la théorie littéraire influence la production littéraire et, plus important encore, comment la littérature multimodale moderne influence le développement de la théorie littéraire). De plus, la théorie offre des moyens permettant de relier et d'analyser les éléments littéraires et non littéraires dont les significations interagissent dans un certain cercle culturel dont la littérature est dérivée et hors de ce cercle. Tous les points principaux de cet article sont illustrés d'exemples tirés de CanLit anglophone (dont Atwood, Munro, Ondaatje et Schoemperlen) et du très court métrage, The Egg de Jean-François Pouliot et Robert Bélisle, qui date de 1979.
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