Karin Kukkonen, Ylva Østby and Ida Stange Bernhardt researches how the COVID-19 pandemic affected reading habits in Norway, when the sudden changes entailed all aspects of our everyday life. Many were confined to their homes in isolation, unable to attend cultural events due to infection prevention. Reading literature, however, remained as one cultural activities still available, even as libraries closed. How has this situation affected reading habits in Norway? How do people read and relate to literature in a time of crisis?
Literature as a Lifeworld Technology
We explore the ways in which digitization and “literature on screen” affect literary reading as a cognitive process in the twenty-first century.
Natalia Igl draws on cognitive narratology, research in multimodality as well as empirical findings and investigates how contemporary German and English novels use multimodality to radically involve its readers in the narrative meaning making.
Yasemin Nurcan Hacioglu investigates how heroines in eighteenth-century women’s novels use the composition of original poetry as a tool for making decisions. Broadly, she is interested in how writing enables thinking.