March 15, 2014
In light of the fact that trans-disciplinary research on narrative journalism in cyberspace is theoretically underdeveloped, this paper explores new theoretical venues for a critical narratology based on an integration of three recent approaches in the field of narrative theory: trans-generic, intra-media, and trans-cultural narrative theory. The author discusses each of the three approaches in relation to online narrative journalism and assesses the potential of a recombinant trans-generic/intra-media/trans-cultural narrative theory in terms of new portals of dialogue by using the example of Mark Bowden’s online literary reportage The Desert One Debacle . The author of this paper argues that a re-thinking of online narrative journalism as a fertile breeding ground for narratological analysis not only allows for the necessary analysis of the intricate relationship between language and power and the manifold ways in which this relationship plays out in narrative discourse, but, more importantly, opens up the possibility for the critique of power under late capitalism. A twenty-first century narratology suited to adequately assess narrative journalism in cyberspace must acknowledge that information cannot be reduced to either form or matter, but must be treated rather as ‘matter-inform,’ thus integrating questions of matter, form, and interpretation.