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Valentina Anania

Media, University of Nottingham

Thesis title:

Contesting Canon: Authorship, Authority and Audiences in Transmedia Narrative Franchises

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:

  • What are the salient aspects of transmedia authorship and how does it differ from models of individual and collaborative authorship?
  • How do authors and author collectives construct their authorial authority in relation to each other, and how does that impact both the author brands and the franchise?
  • What elements contribute to the construction of different authorial systems and what causes a franchise to switch from one system to the other?
  • What impact do authorial systems have on the narrative make of the transmedia universe?

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.

Research Area

  • Media



Anania, Valentina and Jan-Noël Thon (2022). Negotiating Transmedia Authorship. International Conference on Narrative 2022. Chichester, UK, 28th June 2022.

Anania, Valentina (2021). 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.

Public Engagement & Impact

  • Invited speaker at the re-launch event of Makings: A Journal Researching the Creative Industries. Paper title: "Alternative Authorial Authorities and Fluid Authorship in the Wizarding World". 26th May 2021, Birmingham City University (online).
  • Vice-chair of the Young Scholar's Network (YECREA) of ECREA.
  • Previously YECREA representative of the ECREA Women's Network, working for the dissemination of diverse scholarship and the development of equality in Communication and Media Studies.
    In this role, I managed the Network's Twitter account, and contributed to the following events:
  • Teaching:
    • Understanding the Cultural Industries (2019-20), year 2 UG. Teaching affiliate at the University of Nottingham's CMVS department, with Dr Leora Hadas.
    • Media and the Ecological Crisis (2021). Module development assistant for the undergraduate module at the University of Nottingham's CMVS department, with Dr Leora Hadas.
    • Italian conversation (2021-ongoing), year 3 UG. Hourly-paid lecturer at Nottingham Trent University's department of History, Languages and Global Cultures. With Dr Emanuela Cervato.
    • Contemporary Italy (2021), year 3 UG.  Hourly-paid lecturer at Nottingham Trent University's department of History, Languages and Global Cultures. With Dr Emanuela Cervato.

Other Research Interests

  • Adaptation studies
  • Pop Culture
  • Gender theory
  • Academic labour



  • BA Languages and Literature - University of Udine, Italy. First Class Honours with distinction.
  • MA English Modernities: Romanticism, Modernism, Postmodernism - University College Cork, Ireland.
    First Class Honours.