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Authors:Anker Gemzøe: Aalborg University, Denmark
Publication 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
Conference:NORLIT 2009: Codex and Code, Aesthetics, Language and Politics in an Age of Digital Media, Stockholm, August 6-9, 2009
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:042
Article No.:002
Abstract: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.
Language:English
Year:2009
No. of pages:15
Pages:15-29
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/042/002/ecp0942002.pdf
Available:2010-04-27
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet

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Anker Gemzøe (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, NORLIT 2009: Codex and Code, Aesthetics, Language and Politics in an Age of Digital Media, Stockholm, August 6-9, 2009 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=042;article=002 (accessed 8/28/2014)