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Novel as Media

The Posthumous Memoirs

The goal of this project is to understand the novel as a medium, which is to say as a technical prosthesis that extends the capabilities of human beings (McLuhan 1967). Using an interdisciplinary approach and the Media Ecology perspective, novels are understood as extension of the self, as postulated by Georg Herbert Mead (1934). This happens because the interaction the reader establishes with the text takes place in the intermediate area of experience, an area between 'inner psychic reality’ and the external world (Winnicott 1953), due to the self-disclosure of fiction (Iser 1976). Because of the book’s physic nature, the novel’s characters’ stories are always posthumous memoirs, which lead to the ritualization of death because of the extension of the self they promote.

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