E-Lit in the Gutter: Applying McCloud's Transition Categories to Interactive Fiction

Abstract (in English): 

This is a speech by Ted Fordyce concerning the Scott McCloud’s "Understanding Comics" book.

The book is about symbolic and iconic representation, the relationship between word and image and the illustration of time. Ted Fordyce thinks it is really helpful for the digital works' interpretation.

The main point is the McCloud’s discussion of the gutter to link-oriented electronic literature: his thought is that the gutter is the result of the author + reader collaboration. There are six different transitions: in each of them, the author determines the type and the reader is the one who provides interpretations. 

In conclusion, Ted Fordyce thinks that the McCloud’s discussion «provides us with a useful set of tools as both creators and readers of interactive fiction».

Source: https://sites.grenadine.uqam.ca/sites/nt2/en/elo2018/items/1214

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Chiara Agostinelli