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Reading Contemporary Serial Television Universes
A Narrative Ecosystem Framework





ISBN 9781138071391
Published June 1, 2018 by Routledge
252 Pages

 
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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

Acknowledgements





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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Editor(s)

Biography

 



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.