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Reading real person fiction as digital fiction: An argument for new perspectives

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Reading real person fiction as digital fiction : An argument for new perspectives. / Fathallah, Judith.

In: Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, Vol. 24, No. 6, 31.12.2018, p. 568-586.

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Fathallah, J 2018, 'Reading real person fiction as digital fiction: An argument for new perspectives', Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, vol. 24, no. 6, pp. 568-586. https://doi.org/10.1177/1354856516688624

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Fathallah, J. (2018). Reading real person fiction as digital fiction: An argument for new perspectives. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 24(6), 568-586. https://doi.org/10.1177/1354856516688624

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Fathallah J. Reading real person fiction as digital fiction: An argument for new perspectives. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. 2018 Dec 31;24(6):568-586. https://doi.org/10.1177/1354856516688624

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Fathallah, Judith. / Reading real person fiction as digital fiction : An argument for new perspectives. In: Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. 2018 ; Vol. 24, No. 6. pp. 568-586.

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