This book proposes that the theory and practice of transmedia storytelling must be re-considered from a social impact and community development perspective, and that time has come for a rigorous critique of the limited ways in which it has been commonly represented.
Transmedia storytelling has become one of the most influential and profitable innovations in the field of media and entertainment. It has changed the ways audiences interact with films, television and web series, advertising, gaming and book publishing. It has also shifted the practices around creation and dissemination of such content. This book asserts that the futures of transmedia storytelling for social impact or change are deeply tied to understandings of place grounded in human geography. Through a series of case studies of projects which challenge the status quo of transmedia, this book explores the elements of transmedia that can be used to amplify under-represented voices and make stories that signal a more inclusive and sustainable future.
This book offers a valuable contribution to the literature in the areas of transmedia storytelling, narratology, digital fiction, electronic literature, locative storytelling, performative writing, digital culture studies and human geography.
Table of Contents
Pervasive hope and place: Welcome to Pine Point and Firestorm
Making worlds: Participating in imaginary places
Embodied and uncanny places: It Must Have Been Dark By Then and Breathe
That place and those people: Documenting from the outside
From the inside: Situated stories and representation
Donna Hancox is an Associate Professor in the School of Creative Practice at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. Her research is focussed on transformative creative practice and social impact, particularly the role of stories and creative technology in supporting healthy and inclusive communities.