publication . Article . 2020

Wattpad as a resource for literary studies. Quantitative and qualitative examples of the importance of digital social reading and readers’ comments in the margins

Federico Pianzola; Simone Rebora; Gerhard Lauer;
Open Access English
  • Published: 15 Jan 2020
  • Publisher: HAL CCSD
  • Country: France
Abstract
International audience; The end of deep reading is a commonplace in public debates, whenever societies talk about youth, books, and the digital age. In contrast to this, we show for the first time and in detail, how intensively young readers write and comment literary texts at an unprecedented scale. We present several analyses of how fiction is transmitted through the social reading platform Wattpad, one of the largest platforms for user-generated stories, including novels, fanfiction, humour, classics, and poetry. By mixed quantitative and qualitative methods and scalable reading we scrutinise texts and comments on Wattpad, what themes are preferred in 13 lang...
Subjects
free text keywords: digital social reading, social media, digital reading, social annotation, comments, [SHS.LITT]Humanities and Social Sciences/Literature, [SHS.INFO]Humanities and Social Sciences/Library and information sciences, [INFO.INFO-DL]Computer Science [cs]/Digital Libraries [cs.DL], [INFO.EIAH]Computer Science [cs]/Technology for Human Learning, [INFO.INFO-TT]Computer Science [cs]/Document and Text Processing, [INFO.INFO-CL]Computer Science [cs]/Computation and Language [cs.CL], [SHS.EDU]Humanities and Social Sciences/Education, Research Article, Biology and Life Sciences, Psychology, Emotions, Social Sciences, Computer and Information Sciences, Data Visualization, Infographics, Graphs, Sociology, Social Discrimination, Linguistics, Languages, Anatomy, Cardiovascular Anatomy, Heart, Medicine and Health Sciences, Behavior, Data Management, Metadata, Computer Networks, General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology, General Agricultural and Biological Sciences, General Medicine, Digital culture, Digital humanities, Computational culture studies, 21st-century digital culture, Literature, lcsh:Medicine, lcsh:R, lcsh:Science, lcsh:Q, Collective intelligence, Sociology, Social relation, Literary criticism, Reading engagement, Interpersonal relationship, Media studies, Qualitative research, Poetry, The Internet, business.industry, business
Funded by
EC| READIT
Project
READIT
Reading Literature in a Digital Culture
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 792849
  • Funding stream: H2020 | MSCA-IF-GF
Validated by funder
Communities
Social Science and Humanities
Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage
136 references, page 1 of 10

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2 Lang A. Introduction. Transforming Reading In: Lang A, Wright D, Pinder JD, Fuller D, Radway JA, editors. From Codex to Hypertext: Reading at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century. Amherst: University of Massachusets Press; 2012 p. 1–24.

3 Nakamura L. ‘Words With Friends’: Socially Networked Reading on Goodreads. PMLA. 2013;128(1):238–43.

4 Barnett T. Social Reading: The Kindle’s Social Highlighting Function and Emerging Reading Practices. Aust Humanit Rev. 2014;56:141–62.

5 Short M, McIntyre D, Jeffries L, Bousfield D. Processes of Interpretation: Using Meta-analysis to Inform Pedagogic Practice In: Jeffries L, McIntyre D, editors. Teaching Stylistics Teaching the New English. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan; 2011 p. 69–94.

6 Canning P. Text World Theory and Real World Readers: From Literature to Life in a Belfast Prison. Lang Lit. 2017 5;26(2):172–87.

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8 Rehberg Sedo D. ‘I Used to Read Anything that Caught My Eye, But …’: Cultural Authority and Intermediaries in a Virtual Young Adult Book Club In: Rehberg Sedo D, editor. Reading Communities from Salons to Cyberspace. New York: Palgrave Macmillan; 2011 p. 101–22.

9 Peplow D, Swann J, Trimarco P, Whiteley S. The Discourse of Reading Groups: Integrating Cognitive and Sociocultural Perspectives. New York & London: Routledge; 2016.

10 Nuttall L. Online Readers Between the Camps: A Text World Theory Analysis of Ethical Positioning in We Need to Talk About Kevin. Lang Lit. 2017;26(2):153–71.

11 Rose J. Rereading the English Common Reader: A Preface to a History of Audiences. J Hist Ideas. 1992 1;53(1):47.

12 Whiteley S, Canning P. Reader Response Research in Stylistics. Lang Lit. 2017 5;26(2):71–87.

13 Salgaro M. La lettura come ‘lezione della base cranica’ (Durs Grünbein). Prospettive per l’estetica della ricezione. Boll Dellassociazione Ital Ger. 2011;4:49–62. [OpenAIRE]

14 Miall DS. Reader-Response Theory In: Richter DH, editor. A Companion to Literary Theory. Chichester: Wiley; 2018 p. 114–25.

15 Bode K. A World of Fiction: Digital Collections and the Future of Literary History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press; 2018.

136 references, page 1 of 10
Abstract
International audience; The end of deep reading is a commonplace in public debates, whenever societies talk about youth, books, and the digital age. In contrast to this, we show for the first time and in detail, how intensively young readers write and comment literary texts at an unprecedented scale. We present several analyses of how fiction is transmitted through the social reading platform Wattpad, one of the largest platforms for user-generated stories, including novels, fanfiction, humour, classics, and poetry. By mixed quantitative and qualitative methods and scalable reading we scrutinise texts and comments on Wattpad, what themes are preferred in 13 lang...
Subjects
free text keywords: digital social reading, social media, digital reading, social annotation, comments, [SHS.LITT]Humanities and Social Sciences/Literature, [SHS.INFO]Humanities and Social Sciences/Library and information sciences, [INFO.INFO-DL]Computer Science [cs]/Digital Libraries [cs.DL], [INFO.EIAH]Computer Science [cs]/Technology for Human Learning, [INFO.INFO-TT]Computer Science [cs]/Document and Text Processing, [INFO.INFO-CL]Computer Science [cs]/Computation and Language [cs.CL], [SHS.EDU]Humanities and Social Sciences/Education, Research Article, Biology and Life Sciences, Psychology, Emotions, Social Sciences, Computer and Information Sciences, Data Visualization, Infographics, Graphs, Sociology, Social Discrimination, Linguistics, Languages, Anatomy, Cardiovascular Anatomy, Heart, Medicine and Health Sciences, Behavior, Data Management, Metadata, Computer Networks, General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology, General Agricultural and Biological Sciences, General Medicine, Digital culture, Digital humanities, Computational culture studies, 21st-century digital culture, Literature, lcsh:Medicine, lcsh:R, lcsh:Science, lcsh:Q, Collective intelligence, Sociology, Social relation, Literary criticism, Reading engagement, Interpersonal relationship, Media studies, Qualitative research, Poetry, The Internet, business.industry, business
Funded by
EC| READIT
Project
READIT
Reading Literature in a Digital Culture
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 792849
  • Funding stream: H2020 | MSCA-IF-GF
Validated by funder
Communities
Social Science and Humanities
Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage
136 references, page 1 of 10

1 General Information [Internet]. Library of Congress. [cited 2019 Apr 26]. Available from: https://www.loc.gov/about/general-information/

2 Lang A. Introduction. Transforming Reading In: Lang A, Wright D, Pinder JD, Fuller D, Radway JA, editors. From Codex to Hypertext: Reading at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century. Amherst: University of Massachusets Press; 2012 p. 1–24.

3 Nakamura L. ‘Words With Friends’: Socially Networked Reading on Goodreads. PMLA. 2013;128(1):238–43.

4 Barnett T. Social Reading: The Kindle’s Social Highlighting Function and Emerging Reading Practices. Aust Humanit Rev. 2014;56:141–62.

5 Short M, McIntyre D, Jeffries L, Bousfield D. Processes of Interpretation: Using Meta-analysis to Inform Pedagogic Practice In: Jeffries L, McIntyre D, editors. Teaching Stylistics Teaching the New English. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan; 2011 p. 69–94.

6 Canning P. Text World Theory and Real World Readers: From Literature to Life in a Belfast Prison. Lang Lit. 2017 5;26(2):172–87.

7 Jackson HJ. Marginalia. Readers Writing in Books. New Haven & London: Yale University Press; 2001.

8 Rehberg Sedo D. ‘I Used to Read Anything that Caught My Eye, But …’: Cultural Authority and Intermediaries in a Virtual Young Adult Book Club In: Rehberg Sedo D, editor. Reading Communities from Salons to Cyberspace. New York: Palgrave Macmillan; 2011 p. 101–22.

9 Peplow D, Swann J, Trimarco P, Whiteley S. The Discourse of Reading Groups: Integrating Cognitive and Sociocultural Perspectives. New York & London: Routledge; 2016.

10 Nuttall L. Online Readers Between the Camps: A Text World Theory Analysis of Ethical Positioning in We Need to Talk About Kevin. Lang Lit. 2017;26(2):153–71.

11 Rose J. Rereading the English Common Reader: A Preface to a History of Audiences. J Hist Ideas. 1992 1;53(1):47.

12 Whiteley S, Canning P. Reader Response Research in Stylistics. Lang Lit. 2017 5;26(2):71–87.

13 Salgaro M. La lettura come ‘lezione della base cranica’ (Durs Grünbein). Prospettive per l’estetica della ricezione. Boll Dellassociazione Ital Ger. 2011;4:49–62. [OpenAIRE]

14 Miall DS. Reader-Response Theory In: Richter DH, editor. A Companion to Literary Theory. Chichester: Wiley; 2018 p. 114–25.

15 Bode K. A World of Fiction: Digital Collections and the Future of Literary History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press; 2018.

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