Edited by Andreea Deciu Ritivoi

ISSN 1946-2204

eISSN 2156-7204

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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 10, Nos. 1 & 2 (Summer/Winter 2018) Read on Project MUSE / Read on JSTOR

Pictorial Narrative with Tension and Relief: A Story with Complication and Resolution in a Single Picture
Klaus Speidel

How to Play a Parable
David Ciccoricco

Winding Down, Living On: The Future in Old Age
Avril Tynan

Our Bodies, Our Incoherent Selves: Games and Shifting Concepts of Identity and Narrative in Contemporary Storytelling
Julialicia Case

(Instrumental) Narratives of Postcolonial Rememory: Intersectionality and Multidirectional Memory
Marta-Laura Cenedese

Book Review
The Ethics of Storytelling: Narrative Hermeneutics, History, and the Possible, by Hanna Meretoja
Andreea Deciu Ritivoi

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 P.

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 (2001), “the development of such rudimentary narrative forms is favored by functional needs within the society” (175).

Electronic submissions (saved as RTF files) are encouraged, but hard copies will be accepted. Please send your submissions to the editors at the following address:

Andreea Deciu Ritivoi
Department of English
Carnegie Mellon University
Baker Hall 259
5000 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Editorial Board

Andreea Deciu Ritivoi, Carnegie Mellon University

Editorial Board
H. Porter Abbott, University of California, Santa Barbara
Jens Brockmeier, The American University of Paris
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
David Herman, Durham University
Calin-Andrei Mihailescu, The University of Western Ontario
Marie-Laure Ryan, University of Colorado, Boulder
Deborah Schiffrin, Georgetown University
Azade Seyhan, Brywn Mawr College
Roy Sommer, University of Wuppertal
Wendy Steiner, University of Pennsylvania


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

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