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Patricia Tomaszek

Bio: Patricia Tomaszek is an academic researcher from University of Bergen. The author has contributed to research in topics: Electronic literature & Paratext. The author has an hindex of 1, co-authored 1 publications receiving 9 citations.

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Book ChapterDOI
01 Jan 2014
TL;DR: In this paper, a dual perspective on the paratextual apparatus of a work of electronic literature, The Unknown: The Original Great American Hypertext Novel by William Gillespie, Scott Rettberg, Dirk Stratton, and Frank Marquardt, is presented.
Abstract: This chapter presents a dual perspective on the paratextual apparatus of a work of electronic literature, The Unknown: The Original Great American Hypertext Novel by William Gillespie, Scott Rettberg, Dirk Stratton, and Frank Marquardt. Approaches from literature studies and information science are combined to offer qualitative content analyses and close readings of the table of contents, titular apparatus, comments hidden in the source code, and other paratextual elements, in relation to the narrative. Findings indicate that the work’s paratextual content presents inconsistencies and contradictions, both in terms of the use of the paratextual structure and of the information conveyed. The paratextual elements are analyzed through the lens of Gérard Genette’s theory, as outlined in Paratexts: Thresholds of Interpretation, in order to gauge their role and efficiency as identifiers, organizational components, and information providers, as well as their literary effect. The value of the theory as an interdisciplinary tool is also discussed.

10 citations


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Dissertation
28 Jul 2019
TL;DR: In this paper, the authors examined e-book cultural value in terms of legitimacy, particularly as framed by readers, and found that legitimacy is only one aspect of cultural value, but for e-books it is a fundamental aspect, crystallising the central question of whether ebooks can be classed with books and partake of the book's cultural status and privileged cultural position, or belong in a separate, almost inevitably lesser, category.
Abstract: This thesis examines e-book cultural value in terms of legitimacy, particularly as framed by readers in terms of ‘realness’ and ‘bookness’. Legitimacy is only one aspect of cultural value, but for e-books it is a fundamental aspect, crystallising the central question of whether e-books can be classed with books and partake of the book’s cultural status and privileged cultural position, or belong in a separate, almost inevitably lesser, category. The research gathers data relevant to many types of digital texts but focusses on e-novels. The thesis uses a mixed methods study design to gather data from surveys, focus groups, interviews and three pilot experiments conducted with readers. The discussion investigates how e-book legitimacy is constituted by readers, and how these qualities relate to and interact with other e-book attributes (e.g. instant access, materiality, etc.). The dissertation concludes with discussion of the implications of these findings for readers, authors, and publishers. Findings indicate that legitimacy in the form of realness or bookness remains highly relevant for readers, but conceptions of realness and bookness are flexible and contextspecific. These data confirm that while realness and bookness are widely recognised as desirable qualities, many e-novels function as useful fakes, where realness is unnecessary or actually undesirable. Further, the moiety of unrealness is as important as the unrealness itself, with three main categories of unrealness emerging as most prominent: e-novel as ersatz book, as digital proxy, and as incomplete book. Individual readers move between conceptions, demonstrating willingness to adopt different ideas of realness (and by extension different stances regarding the nature, legitimacy and cultural value of e-novels) depending on their needs in the moment, and what they require from a given e-novel at a particular time.

26 citations

Journal ArticleDOI
TL;DR: The authors present an analytical literature review of the research surrounding the information behavior of writers, defined as people whose written output is creative in nature and produced outside of the academia or the traditional news media realm.

11 citations

01 Jan 2011
TL;DR: In this article, the authors introduce contextualized metrics: cardinal and ordinal pseudo-Shapley values that measure a scholar's contribution to her own school and her market value to other schools should she change job.
Abstract: Performance measures of individual scholars tend to ignore the context. I introduce contextualised metrics: cardinal and ordinal pseudo-Shapley values that measure a scholar’s contribution to (perhaps power over) her own school and her market value to other schools should she change job. I illustrate the proposed measures with business scholars and business schools in Ireland. Although conceptually superior, the power indicators imply a ranking of scholars within a school that is identical to the corresponding conventional performance measures. The market value indicators imply an identical ranking within schools and a very similar ranking between schools. The ordinal indices further contextualise performance measures and thus deviate further from the corresponding conventional indicators. As the ordinal measures are discontinuous by construction, a natural classification of scholars emerges. Averaged over schools, the market values offer little extra information over the corresponding production and impact measures. The ordinal power measure indicates the robustness or fragility of an institution’s place in the rank order. It is only weakly correlated with the concentration of publications and citations.

10 citations

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TL;DR: In this article, the authors present an etude qualitative constitue l'etape empirique d a projet portant sur les comportements informationnels des membres de l’Union des ecrivaines et des ecvains quebecois (UNEQ).
Abstract: Cette etude qualitative constitue l’etape empirique d’un projet portant sur les comportements informationnels des membres de l’Union des ecrivaines et des ecrivains quebecois (UNEQ). Grâce a un cadre theorique inspire des travaux de Pierre Bourdieu sur le champ litteraire, repere egalement dans la litterature, elle decrit les pratiques des ecrivains quant a leurs besoins, recherche, utilisation et diffusion d’information, unissant les donnees recueillies lors d’un sondage, une analyse de contenus web et des entrevues. Les resultats montrent que les avantages et desavantages apportes par le numerique creent parfois un sentiment d’incoherence entre les ressources utilisees et la diffusion en ligne. Par ailleurs, la relation avec les professionnels de l’information pourrait etre repensee a l’etape de la creation du texte, quant a l’organisation du paratexte numerique et pour la comprehension des outils web a la portee des ecrivains. Cela dit, il faudrait que cela participe d’une transformation plus large du champ, car la perception de la legitimation continue pour l’instant de suivre les voies traditionnelles de l’illusio.

3 citations