Storyworlds: A Journal of Narrative Studies

Storyworlds: A Journal of Narrative Studies

 Edited by Andreea Deciu Ritivoi and Avril Tynan

ISSN 1946-2204

eISSN 2156-7204


Storyworlds is an interdisciplinary journal of narrative theory. Featuring cutting-edge research on storytelling practices across a variety of media, including face-to-face interaction, literary writing, film and television, virtual environments, historiography, journalism, and graphic narratives, the journal foregrounds research questions that cut across established disciplines--and hence promotes new, integrative frameworks for inquiry. How do narrative ways of worldmaking differ from other representational practices used to construct or reconstruct worlds, in a broad sense? What constraints and affordances do particular storytelling media bring to the process of building narrative worlds? What tools are needed to characterize, in all its richness and complexity, the experience of inhabiting a narrative world in a given medium or across different media?


Table Of Contents

Volume 13, Number 1 (Summer 2021)


Special Issue: Making Sense of Violence in the Digital Age
Guest-edited by Marta-Laura Cenedese and Miłosz Wojtyna

Introduction: Making Sense of Violence in the Digital Age
Marta-Laura Cenedese and Miłosz Wojtyna

Social Media Narratives and Experiential Knowledge: A Few Hypotheses
Aurélien Maignant

Men Talking, Writing, and Imaging Violence against Women: (Dis)continuities Offline and Online
Jeff Hearn, Matthew Hall, and Ruth Lewis

Violence on Demand: Commodification of Digital Violence in Trash Streaming
Miłosz Wojtyna

The Aesthetics of Dehumanization: Anti-Roma Narratives in Italian Far-Right Propaganda, 2017–2022
Erica Capecchi

Gendered Cyberviolence in Myriam Leroy’s Les yeux rouges (2019): Community, Society, and Politics
Marta-Laura Cenedese

Guidelines for Authors

Submissions & Book Reviews

Guidelines for Authors

Because Storyworlds is designed to be of interest to readers in many fields, essays should be as accessibly written as possible—even as contributors are encouraged to engage in the best practices of narrative research in their areas of specialization, and to present cutting-edge scholarship on a given aspect of stories or storytelling. To this end, all technical terms should be carefully defined and discipline-specific assumptions, concepts, and methods should be thoroughly explained.

Pertinent questions include (but are not limited to) the following: How do modes of storytelling— narrative ways of worldmaking— differ from other representational practices that involve the construction or reconstruction of worlds, in a broad sense? Put differently, when it comes to world-creation, what distinguishes narrative representations from other contexts in which people design and manipulate symbol systems for the purpose of structuring, comprehending, and communicating aspects of experience? What constraints and affordances do particular storytelling media bring to the process of building narrative worlds? What tools are needed to characterize, in all its richness and complexity, the experience of inhabiting a narrative world in a given medium or across different media? The purpose of Storyworlds is to provide a forum for sustained scholarly inquiry into these and related issues, whose investigation will require collaborative, interdisciplinary work by researchers from across the arts and sciences.

Submissions must be original work. Manuscripts should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words in length, including notes and bibliography. The journal uses a house style based on the most recent edition of the MLA Style Manual, with dates always mentioned in the parenthetical citation (unless they are noted in the text itself). In the Works Cited section, dates should be listed at the beginning of each citation, as in an author-date system.

Article citation:
Currie, Gregory (2007). “Both Sides of the Story: Explaining Events in a Narrative.” Philosophical Studies 13.5: 49– 63.
Book citation:
Dennett, Daniel (1998). Brainchildren: Essays on Designing Minds. Cambridge: MIT Press.
Chapter in edited volume:
Schechtman, Marya (2007). “Stories, Lives, and Basic Survival: A Refinement and Defense of the Narrative View.” Narrative and Understanding Persons. Ed. Daniel D. Hutto. Cambridge: Cambridge UP. 155– 78.
Sample parenthetical citation:
According to Gergen and Gergen, “the development of such rudimentary narrative forms is favored by functional needs within the society” (2001: 175).

Electronic submissions (saved as Word [.docx] files) are encouraged, but hard copies will be accepted. Please send your submissions to the editors at the following address:
Andreea Deciu Ritivoi
Avril Tynan
Department of English
Carnegie Mellon University
Baker Hall 259
5000 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Editorial Board

Andreea Deciu Ritivoi, Carnegie Mellon University
Avril Tynan, University of Turku

Editorial Board
H. Porter Abbott, University of California, Santa Barbara
Jens Brockmeier, The American University of Paris
Marta-Laura Cenedese, University of Turku
Jonathan Culler, Cornell University
Gregory Currie, University of York
Paul John Eakin, Indiana University
Catherine Emmott, University of Glasgow
Mark Freeman, College of the Holy Cross
Peter Galison, Harvard University
Richard J. Gerrig, Stony Brook University
Eneken Laanes, Tallinn University
Calin-Andrei Mihailescu, Independent Scholar
Marie-Laure Ryan, Independent Scholar
Azade Seyhan, Brywn Mawr College
Roy Sommer, University of Wuppertal
Wendy Steiner, University of Pennsylvania
Miłosz Wojtyna, University of Gdańsk


Special Issue Call for Papers:
"Narrative Medicine in Unhealthy Times"
Deadline May 1, 2021. Details are available here.
(Posted 3/5/2021)

Sponsoring Society


Reading List: Social Media

As online communities continue to widen their reach, so too does our list of peer-reviewed articles on various subjects including Journalism, Communal Narrative, Activism, Marketing, and Image Rehabilitation.

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