Media, University of Nottingham
Working title – Constructing Canon: Authorship and Authority in Transmedia Universes
My thesis investigates the discursive authorial practices that shape narratives set in fictional transmedia universes. It proposes a theoretical model of transmedia authorship that accounts for individual authorship, collaborative authorship and author collectives, distributed and franchised authorial authority, as well as the continuous transitions in between these authorial systems. To this purpose, the thesis addresses the following questions:
The research project introduces a conceptualisation of transmedia authorship not as a static set of circumstances, but as in constant flux, like the texts it relates to. The model exemplifies the ways in which authorial authority changes hands and shape through three authorial systems which the case studies have embodied at different stages of their expansion and which, the thesis argues, have had a direct impact on the franchises’ narrative continuities. The case studies in question are the Wizarding World, the universe of A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones, and the Star Wars franchise.
Transmedia Authorship and the Journey of Authorial Authority in the Wizarding World. Association of Adaptation Studies Conference. 9th June 2021.
The Author is cancelled, long live the Author(s): charting the journey of authorial authority in the Wizarding World. Conference presentation at the 2021 SWPACA online conference. 24th February 2021.
Elements of Theatricality in Tarantino's 'Reservoir Dogs'. University College Cork Textualities 2015 Conference. Cork, Ireland, 27th February 2015.