publication . Article . Other literature type . Conference object . 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.

Gerhard Lauer; Simone Rebora; Simone Rebora; Federico Pianzola; Federico Pianzola;
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  • Published: 15 Jan 2020 Journal: PLoS ONE, volume 15 (eissn: 1932-6203, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Public Library of Science
  • Country: Italy
Abstract
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 languages, what role does ge...
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free text keywords: General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology, General Agricultural and Biological Sciences, General Medicine, 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, Digital humanities, Computational culture studies, 21st-century digital culture, Literature, digital social reading, reading research, global literature, digital humanities, empirical literary studies, reader response, L-FIL-LET/14 - CRITICA LETTERARIA E LETTERATURE COMPARATE, Reading engagement, Social relation, Literary criticism, Poetry, Collective intelligence, Qualitative research, Media studies, Emotional engagement, Digital culture, lcsh:Medicine, lcsh:R, lcsh:Science, lcsh:Q
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EC| READIT
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READIT
Reading Literature in a Digital Culture
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 792849
  • Funding stream: H2020 | MSCA-IF-GF
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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.

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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. [OpenAIRE]

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. [OpenAIRE]

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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Abstract
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 languages, what role does ge...
Subjects
free text keywords: General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology, General Agricultural and Biological Sciences, General Medicine, 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, Digital humanities, Computational culture studies, 21st-century digital culture, Literature, digital social reading, reading research, global literature, digital humanities, empirical literary studies, reader response, L-FIL-LET/14 - CRITICA LETTERARIA E LETTERATURE COMPARATE, Reading engagement, Social relation, Literary criticism, Poetry, Collective intelligence, Qualitative research, Media studies, Emotional engagement, Digital culture, lcsh:Medicine, lcsh:R, lcsh:Science, lcsh:Q
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
Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage
Download fromView all 9 versions
OpenAIRE
Article . 2020
Provider: OpenAIRE
PLoS ONE
Article . 2020
Provider: Crossref
PLoS ONE
Article
Provider: UnpayWall
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. [OpenAIRE]

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. [OpenAIRE]

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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