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A Study on Multimodality of Korean Web Novel

Hye Won Han 1 JUNA KIM 2

1이화여자대학교
2한경대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study focused on the creation and consumption of contents through web space by mass, and investigated the narrative features of Korean web novel. The web novels adopt the multimodal characteristics of web in the process of remediating the traditional novels. By analyzing the form and content of web novels, this study investigated how the medium specificity configured the narrative. For web novel, it is published on a regular basis with certain amount of text. The basic configuration requirement is literal text, however at the same time it actively adopts the multimedia signs which involve visual and auditory senses. This study tried to reveal that the web novel is related to Korean traditional narratives in terms of the ways of publishment and narrative configuration. Through this, this study tried to explain the reason web novel appeals to the public. On the other hand, this study noted that the web novels adopt various topics, genres, and motifs which had not been covered in the Korean traditional or serious literature. This study investigated the convergence phenomena in form and content derived from adopting and selectively combining the practice of genre Literature. Futhermore, this study analyzed the narrative meaning of this phenomena. This study premised that these aspects of creating and consuming a narrative through the multi-sensory representation in the web space are derive from the requirements of the digital mass. Thus, this study analyzed the form and content of web novel, and by deriving the narrative characteristics it also tried to prove that web novel is an alternative popular literature of digital era.

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