Presentation of the "living handbook of narratology", 1.7.2010, 07:00 p.m., Staats- und Universitaetsbibliothek Hamburg

The Interdisciplinary Center for Narratology at Hamburg University (ICN) presents the open access publication

living handbook of narratology (preview:

The Staats- und Universitaetsbibliothek Hamburg and the ICN invite members and guests to take part in the official launch of the living handbook:

Time: Thursday, July 1st, 07:00 p.m.

Place: Staats- und Universitaetsbibliothek, lecture room (1st floor), Von-Melle-Park 3, 20146 Hamburg


What is the living handbook of narratology?

Within the framework of an innovative cooperation between Hamburg University Press, the editor of Hamburg University's Library Staats- und Universitaetsbibliothek Hamburg (SUB), and the academic publishing house de Gruyter, the ICN has developed an interactive narratological handbook.

The living handbook of narratology is an Open Access publication. It makes available all 32 articles contained in the original print version, the Handbook of Narratology, edited in 2009 by de Gruyter. But the living handbook is not only just one more e-publication, since it continuously expands its original content base by adding new articles on further concepts and theories fundamental to narratology, and to the study of narrative in general.

The living handbook project has been granted funds until 2012 by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in the context of their programme "Literaturversorgungs- und Informationssysteme (LIS)" and is also financially supported by the University of Hamburg


A quick overview of the living handbook's key features:
Dynamic Content: The living handbook is published in a WiKi-System: it offers registered narratologists the opportunity to comment on existing articles, to suggest additions or corrections, and to submit new articles to the editors. The static print publication is transformed into a dynamic hybrid publication.

DH-Tools: The living handbook offers the additional functionality of an electronic publication, including full-text search capability, one-click-export of reference information, and digital humanities tools for text analysis, e.g the software VOYEUR, developed at the Canadian McMaster University, and the open source software CATMA with a focus on textual markup and analysis, developed at Hamburg University.

Open Access Business Concept: The cooperation between Hamburg University Press, de Gruyter and the ICN is an unique and seminal business concept for hybrid publications.

Sustainability: Since the cooperation with de Gruyter envisages a periodic reprint ot the Handbook of Narratology, including new online contributions, the sustainability of the online version is guaranteed.

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ENN is the European Narratology Network, an association of individual narratologists and narratological institutions. ENN aims to foster the study of narrative representation in literature, film, digital media, etc. across all European languages and cultures.