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1st Edition

Reading Contemporary Serial Television Universes
A Narrative Ecosystem Framework

ISBN 9781138071391
Published June 1, 2018 by Routledge
252 Pages

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Book Description

Reading Contemporary Serial Television Universes provides a new framework—the metaphor of the narrative ecosystem—for the analysis of serial television narratives. Contributors use this metaphor to address the ever-expanding and evolving structure of narratives far beyond their usual spatial and temporal borders, in general and in reference to specific series. Other scholarly approaches consider each narrative as composed of modular elements, which combine to create a bigger picture. The narrative ecosystem approach, on the other hand, argues that each portion of the narrative world contains all of the main elements that characterize the world as a whole, such as narrative tensions, production structures, creative dynamics and functions. The volume details the implications of the narrative ecosystem for narrative theory and the study of seriality, audiences and fandoms, production, and the analysis of the products themselves.

Table of Contents


List of Figures and Tables

List of Contributors

Editors’ Introduction

Part I – Theory

Chapter 1: New Paths in Transmediality as Vast Narratives: The State of the Field

Matthew Freeman

Chapter 2: Crossing the Boundaries: Narrative Ecosystems as Semiospheres

Marta Boni

Chapter 3: Evolution in Vampire-Centered TV Ecosystems

Héctor J. Pérez and Fernando Canet

Chapter 4: Audiences and Fan Studies: Technological Communities and Their Influences on Narrative Ecosystems

Paul Booth

Chapter 5: Spin-offs, Crossovers, and World Building "Energies"

Derek Johnson

Chapter 6: The Evolution of Characters in TV Series: Morphology, Selection and Remarkable Cases in Narrative Ecosystems

Veronica Innocenti and Guglielmo Pescatore

Part II – Analysis

Chapter 7: An Italian Ecosystem: Gomorra

Ilaria A. De Pascalis

Chapter 8: Thank God I'm a Country Series. Interacting Environments and Networks in Nashville

Paola Brembilla

Chapter 9: You’re Sherlock Holmes, wear the damn hat! Character Identity in a Transfiction

Roberta Pearson

Chapter 10: The Specificities of the North-European Seriality: Strong Local Voices in a Global Media-World

Heidi Philipsen

Chapter 11: Event TV Drama within Narrative Ecosystems: Extended Seriality and Differing Paratextual Orientations in the 50th Anniversaries of Cult TV

Matt Hills

Chapter 12: The Game of Game of Thrones: Networked Concordances and Fractal Dramaturgy

Andrew Beveridge and Michael Chemers

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Paola Brembilla is a Adjunct Professor in Television and Media Studies at Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy

Ilaria A. De Pascalis is Assistant Professor in Film and Television Studies at Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy.