26th Mar 2014 4:30pm-6:00pm
Checkland Building, Falmer Campus
The School of Humanities Research Lecture Series in Linguistics, Language and Discourse programme:
Digital stories of grief: moments of mourning for a networked audience
Dr Korina Giaxoglou, Kingston University London
Digital environments expand our lives spatially, temporally and socially by offering ‘new’ domains for the articulation and sharing of everyday moments, resources, views, attitudes, and emotions. Recent research in networked language practices (Androutsopoulos, 2013) has foregrounded the centrality of contextualized approaches to language and storytelling online as social practice (Barton and Lee, 2013, Georgakopoulou, 2007, Page, 2010), drawing attention to practices of sharing understood as ‘the entextualization of significant moments for a networked audience’ (Androutsopoulos, 2013).
This paper considers networked language practices and entextualized moments of mourning on Facebook pages and group sites. Based on an analysis of Rest in Peace (R.I.P.) posts as narratives, the paper shows how informal digital spaces encourage the weaving of mourning into everyday life through grief stories, which lend coherence and affective power to individual articulations of pain and mourning. The paper suggests a framework for the analysis of networked language practices of grief online inviting reflection on the intersections of language, mourning, affect and sociability in digital spaces.