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Literary Criticism in New Media: A critical analysis of the website Television Tropes and Idioms and the place of literature in digital culture

Literary Criticism in New Media: A critical analysis of the website Television Tropes and Idioms and the place of literature in digital culture

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Published by Linda Börzsei
The aim of this thesis is to present and critically assess the website Television Tropes and Idioms (commonly known as TV Tropes, located at www.tvtropes.org), and to describe how it might be inserted into the context of literary theory and criticism, as well as show how it displays the characteristic features of New Media and indicates a possible place for literature in digital culture. The website catalogues recurring patterns and conventions in literature and entertainment media. Included in its analysis is an examination of the term 'trope' and a demonstration of the website literary critical method with the help of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. This thesis argues that TV Tropes is a digital age continuation of existing literary traditions (namely Russian Formalism and archetypal literary criticism), as well as having been foreshadowed by Umberto Eco in his essay Casablanca: Cult Movies and Intertextual Collage. The website appropriates these literary theories to the postmodern, an aspect which is also discussed in great detail. The second aspect discussed is from a New Media and digital culture point of view. As a website with a solid literary foundation (as it has been proven in this thesis), TV Tropes can be used to discover and discuss the present and future of literature in the electronic 'public sphere' and amidst the emerging 'collective intelligence communities'.
The aim of this thesis is to present and critically assess the website Television Tropes and Idioms (commonly known as TV Tropes, located at www.tvtropes.org), and to describe how it might be inserted into the context of literary theory and criticism, as well as show how it displays the characteristic features of New Media and indicates a possible place for literature in digital culture. The website catalogues recurring patterns and conventions in literature and entertainment media. Included in its analysis is an examination of the term 'trope' and a demonstration of the website literary critical method with the help of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. This thesis argues that TV Tropes is a digital age continuation of existing literary traditions (namely Russian Formalism and archetypal literary criticism), as well as having been foreshadowed by Umberto Eco in his essay Casablanca: Cult Movies and Intertextual Collage. The website appropriates these literary theories to the postmodern, an aspect which is also discussed in great detail. The second aspect discussed is from a New Media and digital culture point of view. As a website with a solid literary foundation (as it has been proven in this thesis), TV Tropes can be used to discover and discuss the present and future of literature in the electronic 'public sphere' and amidst the emerging 'collective intelligence communities'.

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CERTIFICATE OF RESEARCH
By my signature below, I certify that my ELTE B.A. thesis, entitled........................................................................................................................................is entirely the result of my own work, and that no degree has previously been conferredupon me for this work. In my thesis I have cited all the sources (printed, electronic or oral)I have used faithfully and have always indicated their origin. The electronic version of mythesis (in PDF format) is a true representation (identical copy) of this printed version.If this pledge is found to be false, I realize that I will be subject to penalties up to andincluding the forfeiture of the degree earned by my thesis.Date: .......................... Signed: ...........................................................
 
EÖTVÖS LORÁND TUDOMÁNYEGYETEMBölcsészettudományi Kar 
ALAPSZAKOSSZAKDOLGOZAT
 Irodalomkritika az Új Médiában
A
Television Tropes and Idioms
című honlap elemzése és az irodalom helye a digitáliskultúrában
 Literary Criticism in New Media
A critical analysis of the website
Television Tropes and Idioms
and the place of literature in digital cultureTémavezető:Készítette:
Dr. Gellért MarcellBörzsei Linda Katafőiskolai docensanglisztika alapszaangol szakirány
2012
 
The aim of this thesis is to present and critically assess the website
Television Tropes and  Idioms
(commonly known as TV Tropes, located at www.tvtropes.org), and to describehow it might be inserted into the context of literary theory and criticism, as well as showhow it displays the characteristic features of New Media and indicates a possible place for literature in digital culture.The website catalogues recurring patterns and conventions in literature and entertainmentmedia. Included in its analysis is an examination of the term 'trope' and a demonstration of the website literary critical method with the help of William Shakespeare's
 Hamlet 
.This thesis argues that TV Tropes is a digital age continuation of existing literary traditions(namely Russian Formalism and archetypal literary criticism), as well as having beenforeshadowed by Umberto Eco in his essay
Casablanca: Cult Movies and Intertextual Collage
. The website appropriates these literary theories to the postmodern, an aspectwhich is also discussed in great detail.The second aspect discussed is from a New Media and digital culture point of view. As awebsite with a solid literary foundation (as it has been proven in this thesis), TV Tropescan be used to discover and discuss the present and future of literature in the electronic'public sphere' and amidst the emerging 'collective intelligence communities'.

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