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Grzegorz Maziarczyk

This contribution seeks to extend the scope of cognitive narratological studies into consciousness by discussing two multimodal digital narratives: The Breathing Wall by Kate Pullinger, Stefan Schemat and babel, and Pry by Samantha Gorman and Danny Cannizzaro. Both narratives go beyond the standard, verbal strategies for representing consciousness in literature in their employment of the multimodal integration of verbal, visual and auditory semiotic resources as means whereby different levels and types of mental processes can be simultaneously presented. They also use the reader’s embodied interaction with the digital medium to encourage his or her identification with the protagonist and create the illusion of the fictional mind being experienced/explored from within. These two narratives thus demonstrate the semiotic potential of multimodal digital narratives for innovative, multisensory representation of consciousness.

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Grzegorz Maziarczyk and Joanna Klara Teske

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Explorations of Consciousness in Contemporary Fiction is a collection of essays examining the potential of the contemporary English-language novel to represent and inquire into various aspects of the human mind. Grounded in contemporary literary theory as well as consciousness studies, the essays consider both narrative techniques by means of which writers attempt to render various states of consciousness (such as multimodality in digital fiction or experimental typography in post-traumatic narratives), and novelistic interpretations of issues currently being investigated by neurobiologists, cognitive scientists and philosophers of the mind (such as the adaptive value of consciousness or the process of self-integration by means of self-narration). The volume thus offers critical reflection upon the novel’s cognitive accomplishment in this challenging area.

Contributors are: Nathan D. Frank, Judit Friedrich, Justyna Galant, Marta Komsta, Péter Kristóf Makai, Ajitpaul Mangat, Grzegorz Maziarczyk, James McAdams, Daniel Panka, Barbara Puschmann-Nalenz, Joanna Klara Teske, Lloyd Issac Vayo, Dóra Vecsernyés, Sylwia Wilczewska