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Narrating Complexity

  • Richard Walsh
  • Susan Stepney

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Richard Walsh, Susan Stepney
      Pages 3-9
    3. Richard Walsh
      Pages 11-25
    4. Susan Stepney
      Pages 27-36
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-38
    2. Adam Lively, Richard Walsh
      Pages 61-63
    3. Merja Polvinen
      Pages 65-79
    4. Marco Bernini, Susan Stepney, Merja Polvinen
      Pages 81-83
    5. Adam Lively, Federico Pianzola, Romana Turina
      Pages 143-148
    6. Leo Caves, Ana Teixeira de Melo, Richard Walsh
      Pages 197-199
    7. Julian F. Miller
      Pages 201-212

About this book


This book stages a dialogue between international researchers from the broad fields of complexity science and narrative studies. It presents an edited collection of chapters on aspects of how narrative theory from the humanities may be exploited to understand, explain, describe, and communicate aspects of complex systems, such as their emergent properties, feedbacks, and downwards causation; and how ideas from complexity science can inform narrative theory, and help explain, understand, and construct new, more complex models of narrative as a cognitive faculty and as a pervasive cultural form in new and old media.

The book is suitable for academics, practitioners, and professionals, and postgraduates in complex systems, narrative theory, literary and film studies, new media and game studies, and science communication.


Complex systems Computer simulation Digital media Ecology Film studies Narrative Robotics Science communication

Editors and affiliations

  • Richard Walsh
    • 1
  • Susan Stepney
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of English and Related LiteratureUniversity of YorkYorkUK
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of YorkYorkUK

About the editors

Richard Walsh is a member of the Dept. of English and Related Literature in the University of York. He teaches modules in American literature and in theories of story, covering fiction and non-fiction, the earliest years of cinema, and graphic novels, as well as narratives in digital and interactive media. Susan Stepney is a professor of Computer Science in the University of York. Her main area of interest is non-standard computation, in particular bioinspired algorithms, complex adaptive systems, emergent properties, and nanite assemblers.

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