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Transmedia world-building: The Shadow (1931–present) and Transformers (1984–present)
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication (from 2013). (Geomedia)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6309-2315
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication (from 2013). (Geomedia)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8497-3381
2017 (English)In: International journal of cultural studies, ISSN 1367-8779, E-ISSN 1460-356X, Vol. 20, no 6, p. 636-652Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The study of transmedia storytelling has in recent years turned towards a more historicized understanding of its object of study, and also shifted to a wider perspective on narrative and narrative elements, focusing more on the transmediality of story-worlds and world-building rather than just narratives (‘plots’) in the stricter sense. This article combines these interrelated perspectival shifts in an analysis of story-worlds/world-building in two transmedia franchises: The Shadow (1931–present) and Transformers (1984–present), with a focus on the mechanics and processes of world-building in relation to transmedial change (i.e. how world elements are transformed over time as well as when story-worlds move across media platforms).

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Sage Publications, 2017. Vol. 20, no 6, p. 636-652
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The Shadow, story-worlds, Transformers, transmedia history, transmedia storytelling, world-building
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Media and Communications
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Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-37931DOI: 10.1177/1367877915605887OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-37931DiVA, id: diva2:853431
Available from: 2015-09-14 Created: 2015-09-14 Last updated: 2018-06-11Bibliographically approved

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