The Routledge Companion to Literary Media examines the fast-moving present and future of a media ecosystem in which the literary continues to play a vital role. The term ‘literary media’ challenges the tendency to hold the two terms distinct and broadens accepted usage of the literary to include popular cultural forms, emerging technologies and taste cultures, genres, and platforms, as well as traditions and audiences all too often excluded from literary histories and canons.

Featuring contributions from leading international scholars and practitioners, the Companion provides a comprehensive guide to existing terms and theories that address the alignment of literature and a variety of media forms. It situates the concept in relation to existing theories and histographies; considers emerging genres and forms such as locative narratives and autofiction;  and expands discussion beyond the boundaries by which literary authorship is conventionally defined. Contributors also examine specific production and publishing contexts to provide in-depth analysis of the promotion of literary media materials. The volume further considers reading and other aspects of situated audience engagement, such as Indigenous and oral storytelling, prize and review cultures, book clubs, children, and young adults.

This authoritative collection is an invaluable resource for scholars and students working at the intersection of literary and media studies.

chapter |14 pages


What is Literary Media?

part I|46 pages

Literary Media in Context

part II|124 pages

Forms, Media, Materialities

chapter 4|12 pages

Locative Narrative

Exploring Place-Based Storytelling

chapter 5|12 pages

Ambient Literature

chapter 6|12 pages

Autofiction in Words and Images

The Visual–Verbal Dialectic

chapter 8|14 pages

Counterfactuality and Disnarration in News Stories

Reimagining Real Events

chapter 11|11 pages

Poeticity and Parody

The Literary Interview on Radio and Podcast

chapter 12|15 pages

Composing Narratives through Song Cycles

Stories of Shropshire Lads in Vaughan Williams's On Wenlock Edge

part III|98 pages

Creators, Networks, Intermediaries

chapter 14|10 pages

Virtual Darkness, Tangible Light

Crafting Expressionism through Algorithmic Poesis

chapter 15|12 pages

A Poetics of Misrepresentation

The Mimesis of Machine Learning in ReRites

chapter 17|12 pages

Collaborative Fiction Writing Off- and Online

Toward a Genealogy

chapter 18|11 pages

Italian Net Poetry

Caterina Davinio's Creative Experimentation (1992–2009)

chapter 19|11 pages

Digital Editions

Rethinking How We Preserve Literary Correspondences

part IV|114 pages

Markets, Economies, Industries

chapter 22|14 pages

Producing Chinese Web-based Literature

The ‘Qidian Model’

chapter 23|12 pages

Independent Publishing in a Post-digital World

Creative Campaigns and Promotional Opportunities

chapter 24|13 pages

Readers, Markets and a Packet of Literary Media, Please

Efferent Readers and Their Ordering of a New Economics

chapter 26|13 pages

Literary Pilgrimages for Play and Profit

Intersections of Reading, Space and Commodification in Contemporary Japan

chapter 28|12 pages

Capturing the Imagination

Literary Expression, Participatory Culture and Digital Enclosure

chapter 29|14 pages

Many Gates with a Single Keeper

How Amazon Incentives Shape Novels in the Twenty-first Century

chapter 30|12 pages

Literary Festivals and the Media

part V|150 pages

Audiences, Engagement, Environments

chapter 33|12 pages

Literary Bundles

Bodies, Media and Redefining Indigenous Literatures

chapter 34|13 pages

Postcolonial Videogame Paratexts

Replaying the Minor and the Subaltern from the Fringes

chapter 35|16 pages

Keep Reading and Carry On

Mediated Reading During COVID-19

chapter 36|11 pages

‘Doing’ Literary Reading Online

The Case of BookTube

chapter 37|11 pages

Sociality and Seriality in Digital Reading

Two Extra Memos for this Millennium

chapter 38|12 pages

Immersive Theatre and Live Cinema

An aesthetic of the in-between

chapter |9 pages