Article | NORLIT 2009: Codex and Code; Aesthetics; Language and Politics in an Age of Digital Media; Stockholm; August 6-9; 2009 | Media Avant-Garde and Renewal of Genre. On Merete Pryds Helle’s Cell Phone Novel Jeg tror; jeg elsker dig (I Think I Love You); 2008

Title:
Media Avant-Garde and Renewal of Genre. On Merete Pryds Helle’s Cell Phone Novel Jeg tror; jeg elsker dig (I Think I Love You); 2008
Author:
Anker Gemzøe: Aalborg University, Denmark
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Year:
2009
Conference:
NORLIT 2009: Codex and Code; Aesthetics; Language and Politics in an Age of Digital Media; Stockholm; August 6-9; 2009
Issue:
042
Article no.:
002
Pages:
15-29
No. of pages:
15
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2010-04-27
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


Merete Pryds Helle’s work Jeg tror; jeg elsker dig is allegedly the first Danish cell phone novel. It contains 27 text messages that were sent from November 16 to November 24; 2008 with 2;3 text messages a day to addressees/readers who enlisted. The price at punctual enlistment was 10 DKK. The love story told; rather a novella than a novel; enfolds alone via text messages; as the real encounter takes place before the first text message is sent. The dynamics of the plot is so conditioned by an active use of a new medium – and as a fictive exploration of that the work at hand can be characterized as experimental and some form of avant-garde. At the same time it signifies a – continuing and renewing – fusion of two older; genres that have played a great role in the development of fiction. This work is at once an epistolary novel à la Richardson or Laclos and a serial story à la Sue or Dumas. As is the case in these genres the rhythm of publication and the waiting time play a role for the readers’ experience. In terms of plot Jeg tror; jeg elsker dig likewise oscillates between the most elementary; age-old love intrigue and a number of hilarious; often grotesque markers of topicality.

NORLIT 2009: Codex and Code; Aesthetics; Language and Politics in an Age of Digital Media; Stockholm; August 6-9; 2009

Author:
Anker Gemzøe
Title:
Media Avant-Garde and Renewal of Genre. On Merete Pryds Helle’s Cell Phone Novel Jeg tror; jeg elsker dig (I Think I Love You); 2008
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NORLIT 2009: Codex and Code; Aesthetics; Language and Politics in an Age of Digital Media; Stockholm; August 6-9; 2009

Author:
Anker Gemzøe
Title:
Media Avant-Garde and Renewal of Genre. On Merete Pryds Helle’s Cell Phone Novel Jeg tror; jeg elsker dig (I Think I Love You); 2008
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