Media Theory for the 21st Century

March 3, 2008

Back to Narrative/Database for just a second..

Filed under: Discussion — nickroth @ 7:30 pm
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This post is both late and not a genuine official post-post.  I was just thinking back to our discussion of narrative and database in the novel, and specifically in reference to the possibility of novels which privilege or favor database over narrative, and Nabokov’s Pale Fire came to mind.  It seems like one could take the poem as a database and the commentary maybe as a set of algorithms.  I don’t have any definite ah-ha! points to make about it, so I’m just wondering if anyone has any productive thoughts about it – after all, it’s insistently “A Novel” according to the cover of all the publications I’ve ever seen, but pretty much everyone who’s ever read it has encountered serious difficulty with mapping it’s narrative(s).

~Nick

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