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Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts




William Patrick Day


Digital text, New media theory, Bricolage, Transmediation, Digital humanities, Liberalism, Saturday Night Live


Digital texts and literary media saturate our daily lives as contemporary readers tech-savvy subjects. In the postprint era, how can reading practices and paradigms of the English discipline help us make sense of these new literary objects? To answer this question, I propose a theoretical framework that reorients the role of the literary critic towards interdisciplinary methods that will accommodate for the formal particularities of the digital text. I employ these theories by performing a close reading of mediated narratives across several contiguous sketches of Saturday Night Live’s programming between 2015 and 2016. The work that follows will demonstrate the potentials for the critical treatment of media-as-literature as a practice both grounded in and evolved from the traditional function of the literary critic.