Offering an interdisciplinary approach to narrative, this book investigates storyworlds and minds in narratives across media, from literature to digital games and reality TV, from online sadomasochism to oral history databases, and from horror to hallucinations. It addresses two core questions of contemporary narrative theory, inspired by recent cognitive-scientific developments: what kind of a construction is a storyworld, and what kind of mental functioning can be embedded in it? Minds and worlds become essential facets of making sense and interpreting narratives as the book asks how story-internal minds relate to the mind external to the storyworld, that is, the mind processing the story. With essays from social scientists, literary scholars, linguists, and scholars from interactive media studies answering these topical questions, the collection brings diverse disciplines into dialogue, providing new openings for genuinely transdisciplinary narrative theory. The wide-ranging selection of materials analyzed in the book promotes knowledge on the latest forms of cultural and social meaning-making through narrative, necessary for navigating the contemporary, mediatized cultural landscape. The combination of theoretical reflection and empirical analysis makes this book an invaluable resource for scholars and advanced students in fields including literary studies, social sciences, art, media, and communication.

chapter |8 pages


Minds in Action, Interpretive Traditions in Interaction
ByMari Hatavara, Matti Hyvärinen, Maria Mäkelä, Frans Mäyrä

section |55 pages

Section I

chapter 1|18 pages

Texts, Worlds, Stories

Narrative Worlds as Cognitive and Ontological Concept
ByMarie-Laure Ryan

chapter 2|21 pages

Storyworlds and Paradoxical Narration

Putting Classifications to a Transmedial Test
ByLiviu Lutas

section |79 pages

Section II

chapter 4|20 pages

How You Emerge from This Game Is up to You

Agency, Positioning, and Narrativity in The Mass Effect Trilogy
ByHanna-Riikka Roine

chapter 5|19 pages

Playing the Worlds of Prom Week

ByBen Samuel, Dylan Lederle-Ensign, Mike Treanor, Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Josh McCoy, Aaron Reed, Michael Mateas

chapter 6|16 pages

Scripting Beloved Discomfort

Narratives, Fantasies, and Authenticity in Online Sadomasochism
ByJ. Tuomas Harviainen

chapter 7|23 pages

Storyworld in Text-Messages

Sequentiality and Spatialisation
ByAgnieszka Lyons

section |75 pages

Section III

chapter 8|20 pages

Defending the Private and the Unnarratable

Doomed Attempts to Read and Write Literary and Cinematic Minds in Marguerite Duras’s India Cycle
ByTytti Rantanen

chapter 9|20 pages

Of Minds and Monsters

The Eventfulness of Monstrosity and the Poetics of Immersion in Horror Literature
ByGero Brümmer

chapter 10|18 pages

Narrative Conventions in Hallucinatory Narratives

ByTommi Kakko

section |73 pages

Section IV

chapter 13|16 pages

Mind as World in the Reality Game Show Survivor

ByMaria Mäkelä

chapter 14|22 pages

Performing Selves and Audience Design

Interview Narratives on the Internet
ByJarmila Mildorf

chapter 15|17 pages

Documenting Everyday Life

Mind Representation in the Web Exhibition “A Finnish Winter Day”
ByMari Hatavara

chapter |10 pages


A New Normal?
ByBrian McHale