Transhumanism, transmedia and the Serial podcast

Redefining storytelling in times of enhancement


Keywords: Serial podcast, transhumanism, posthumanism, transmedia storytelling, collective intelligence, multimedia.


The digital age has facilitated the creation of fluid, open stories that are subject to change as they unfold across different media platforms, each contributing to the story as a whole. Transmedia storytelling is also linked to transhumanism, a philosophy based on the idea that human limitations can be overcome through reason, science and technology to finally free us from the limitations of our bodies and minds. The concept of the literary has changed because the concept of the human has also evolved, as technology has been used to enhance both human capacities and storytelling through active participation, group work, and collective intelligence. This double enhancement that transmedia and transhuman storytelling entail is explored in this article through a textual and paratextual analysis of Serial, the world’s most popular podcast, which can help us redefine the present blurring of disciplinary boundaries and the new territory of the literary.


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Author Biography

Sonia Baelo-Allué, University of Zaragoza

Sonia Baelo-Allué is an Associate Professor at the University of Zaragoza (Spain), where she primarily teaches U.S. literature. Her current research centers on 9/11 fiction, posthumanism and intermediality. She has published Bret Easton Ellis’s Controversial Fiction: Writing between High and Low Culture (2011) and co-edited The Splintered Glass: Facets of Trauma in the Post-Colony and Beyond (2011) and Between the Urge to Know and the Need to Deny: Trauma and Ethics in Contemporary British and American Literature (2011). She co-edited Miscelánea: A Journal of English and American Studies from 2013 to 2017.


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How to Cite
Baelo-Allué, S. (2019). Transhumanism, transmedia and the Serial podcast: Redefining storytelling in times of enhancement. International Journal of English Studies, 19(1), 113–131.