Romeo and Juliet on Facebook: After Love Comes Destruction
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.