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
.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'.