IJLLL 2019 Vol.5(1): 15-18 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2019.5.1.198

The Demise and Rebirth of Literature — From Language to Multimedia: The Ecological Turn of Literary Media

Zhang Tong-de
Abstract—Bob Dylan, a brilliant US balladeer and lyricist, has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature, sparking off a firestorm of controversy among literary and art circles. The main reason for this controversy lies in that literature and music are of distinct disciplines. This is what is called Bob Dylan’s event in the world of letters. A reasonable interpretation of this literary event may be well illustrated by re-examining the conceptual history of literature—from documents, booklore to works of modern literary forms. As factual proof turns out, genres of Nobel laureates are not confined to belles-lettres (poetry, prose and drama) alone but miscellaneous ones. All the literary genres are nothing more than different kinds of literary representation of organized violence committed on ordinary speech. They incarnate the literariness in different ways by resorting to various media. In addition, a careful poetic analysis reveals that Dylan’s song lyrics are brimming with poetic implications. As is manifested, literature as a form of high culture from 19th century onwards finds itself in its last throes while a new turn towards electronic& digital media ecology of literature arises. The demise of literature essentially articulates a rebirth of new survival pattern of literature and manifests the evolutionary process of territorialization, de-territorialization and re-territorialization in literature.

Index Terms—Nobel prize in literature, conceptual history of literature, poetic expressions, media ecology.

Zhang Tong-de is with the Center for Foreign Literature and Culture, GDUFS, Guangzhou, China 510420; Fuzhou Teachers‘ College, ECUT, Fuzhou, China 344000 (e-mail: zhang_tongde@ 163.com).

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Cite:Zhang Tong-de, "The Demise and Rebirth of Literature — From Language to Multimedia: The Ecological Turn of Literary Media," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 15-18, 2019.

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