What Can You Create with Works in the Public Domain? Digital Reuses of "The Little Prince"

  • Bianca Gai Università degli Studi di Torino
Keywords: Public Domain, Digital Reuse, Spreadability, Remix Culture


This paper aims at collecting and analysing the free reuses of Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince, as the novel has entered the Public Domain in many countries since 2015. The focus is on the spontaneous reuses on the Internet, excluding the derivative works controlled by the Saint Exupéry Estate. The reuse of Saint-Exupéry’s novel follow two main paths. First, the textual reuses, ranging from translation and crowdsourced transcription, to social reading and academic text-mining. Second, the visual reuses, which belong to the most interesting digital culture sectors: audiovisual desing, virtual reality cinema and video game programming.

Author Biography

Bianca Gai, Università degli Studi di Torino

Bianca Gai is honorary research fellow at the University of Turin, where she recently received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. She works at the Digital Library of the University of Turin and is an expert in electronic academic publishing and digital communication. Her research interests focus on 18th-century French literature, the evolution of the book in the digital age and the Public Domain. Her latest publications include: “Il libro infinito. La narrativa italiana scopre l’ebook” (Neos Edizioni 2013); “Le collezioni bibliografiche digitali” (Carocci 2013); “Costruire il libro del futuro. Dematerializzazione, geolocalizzazione e realtà virtuale” (“QuadRi. Quaderni di RiCOGNIZIONI” 2016).


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How to Cite
Gai, B. (2017). What Can You Create with Works in the Public Domain? Digital Reuses of "The Little Prince". RiCOGNIZIONI. Rivista Di Lingue E Letterature Straniere E Culture Moderne, 4(7), 105-114. https://doi.org/10.13135/2384-8987/2106

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