Marie-Laure Ryan is Scholar in Residence at the University of Colorado, Boulder and for 2010–2011 a visiting scholar at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. She is the author of Possible Worlds, Artificial Intelligence and Narrative Theory (1991), of Narrative as Virtual Reality: Immersion and Interactivity in Literature and Electronic Media (2001) and of Avatars of Story (2006), as well as the co-editor, with David Herman and Manfred Jahn, of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory (2005). She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has been a fellow of the Cornell Society for the Humanities. Her work on narrative, media, the theory of fiction, and digital culture has appeared in such journals as Poetics, Poetics Today, Semiotica, Narrative, Game Studies, and New Literary History, and it has been published in French, German, Czech, Spanish, Korean, Chinese and Japanese.
Werner Wolf is Professor and Chair of English and General Literature at the University of Graz in Austria. His main areas of research are literary theory (concerning aesthetic illusion, narratology, and metafiction in particular), functions of literature, 18th- to 21st-century English fiction, 18th- and 20th-century drama, as well as intermediality studies (relations and comparisons between literature and other media, notably music and the visual arts). His extensive publications include, besides numerous essays, Ästhetische Illusion und Illusionsdurchbrechung in der Erzählkunst (1993) and The Musicalization of Fiction: A Study in the Theory and History of Intermediality (1999). He is also co-editor of volumes 1, 3, 5 and 11 of the book series “Word and Music Studies” (1999–2010) as well as of volumes 1 and 2 of the series “Studies in Intermediality” (also published by Rodopi): Framing Borders in Literature and Other Media (2006), and Description in Literature and Other Media (2007). He is currently leading a project financed by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) on ‘Metareference in the media’, in the course of which he has edited Metareference across Media: Theory and Case Studies (2009) as vol. 4 of the series “Studies in Intermediality”, and is preparing the edition of yet another volume in the same series, namely The Metareferential Turn in Contemporary Arts and Media: Forms, Functions, Attempts at Explanation.
Morten Kyndrup, dr.phil. is Professor of Aesthetics and Culture at the Department of Aesthetics and Communication, University of Aarhus, Denmark. His work include books as Det Postmoderne (1986), Framing and Fiction (1992),
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