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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 12/19/2014)