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Title: The info-narrative
Author: Papia, Daniel Robert
Awarding Body: Prifysgol Bangor University
Current Institution: Bangor University
Date of Award: 2013
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The novel is tenacious. The form continues to offer, aso one critic observes, "the most comprehensive reports that humans can deliver, of their private experiences, to other humans." Though overtaken by film (several decades ago) in terms of popular consumption, and though being tested (at present) by digital presentation and distribution, the novel has proven itself admirably resilient. This no doubt has to do with the fact that the novel is, like the very humans whose experiences it so effectively chronicles, highly adaptable. Effective members of modern Information Age societies must process at least five times the data per day as compared to just a quarter century previous. Not only have sleeker novels evolved to fit the needs of faster lifestyles (i.e. books with more aerodynamic structures, communicating maximal plot in fewer pages), but there has also come into being a type of storytelling within which plot and character have become secondary to the uncomplicated description of facts and information. This new literary subspecies could be called the "info-narrative". The two best-known authors who have made the "info-narrative" a popular modern phenomenon are considered. Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code broke bestseller records and Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park spawned an almost immediate franchise without precedent. Yet both did so less on the back of memorable stories, characters, and plot twists. This dissertation contends that it is the informative content that serves as the primary attraction, with the stories themselves often little more than delivery devices.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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