Romeo and Juliet on Facebook: After Love Comes Destruction

  • Krystina Madej
Part of the International Series on Computer Entertainment and Media Technology book series (ISCEMT)


on had its origin in my study of Mikhail Bakhtin’s The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays which I first read when doing graduate research in digital narrative. The phrase, “The word in living conversation,” stayed with me as a distillation of Bakhtin’s ideas on dialogism and heteroglossia: ideas particularly pertinent to a study of narrative’s adaptation to different media. I had an abiding interest in historical narrative artifacts, and that shaped my view of narrative. I saw it as millennia of storytelling with humans reinterpreting their stories over time, pushing the evolution of the narrative along with the evolution of technology. Dialogism, and Kristeva’s take on it, intertextuality, were, today, made tangible in the mashups prevalent in the websites, blogs, and social media sites my students and I visited daily.


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  1. W. Benjamin, The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction, in Illuminations: Essays and Reflections, ed. by H. Arendt (Schocken, New York, 1969), pp. 217–252Google Scholar
  2. L. Hutcheon, A Theory of Adaptation, 2nd edn. (Routledge, New York, 2012)Google Scholar

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  • Krystina Madej
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  1. 1.School of Literature, Media, and Communication Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

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