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.
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