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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. (Geomedia)
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication. (Geomedia)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8497-3381
2015 (English)In: International journal of cultural studies, ISSN 1367-8779, E-ISSN 1460-356XArticle in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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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2015.
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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: diva2:853431
Available from: 2015-09-14 Created: 2015-09-14 Last updated: 2016-02-26Bibliographically approved

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