Canon fiction

Canon fiction – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This article is not about literary canons of influential works of fiction, but about the concept of a canon that defines the world of a particular fictional series or franchise.

Henry Farrell: Into the Breach (China Miéville)

Miéville brings these quotidian practices into stark perspective. He uses slips of perception and movement back and forth between cities to highlight the contingency of many of the social aspects of the real world. The City & the City draws no hard distinction between the world of fantasy and our own. Instead, Miéville seems to suggest, the real world is composed of consensual fantasies of varying degrees of power. The slippage isn’t between the real world and the fantastic, but between different, equally valid, versions of the real.

Boston Review — Henry Farrell: Into the Breach (China Miéville).

BLDGBLOG: Ruin, Space, and Shadow: An Interview with Mike Mignola

In a lot of cases, though, I am creating characters in order to see these places—these times, these settings. But, from the very beginning, I’ve known what kinds of stories I’ve wanted to do—so it’s also a question of finding the character who belongs to that world, as an excuse to draw that world.

via BLDGBLOG: Ruin, Space, and Shadow: An Interview with Mike Mignola.

Comics and the City: An Interview with Jorn Ahrens

The city as social realm strongly refers to communication via images. Comics help turning these images into cultural narratives and aesthetics and to create outstanding icons of modern identity, landmarks of our self-understanding that are, by definition, not bound to specific cities or nations.

via Confessions of an Aca/Fan: Archives: Comics and the City: An Interview with Jorn Ahrens.

Tolkien – Middle Earth Meets Middle England

[…] Tolkien’s most important contribution by far […] was his construction of a systematic secondary world. There had been plenty of invented worlds in fantasy before, but they were vague and ad hoc, defined moment to moment by the needs of the story. Tolkien reversed that. He started with the world, plotted it obsessively, delineating its history, geography and mythology before writing the stories. He introduced an extraordinary element of rigour to the genre.

China Miéville – Tolkien – Middle Earth Meets Middle England

Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Visualization

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Visualization of a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book [via]. You can download an annotated pdf file here.

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Henry Jenkins on Transmedia – November 2009 from niko on Vimeo.

Henry Jenkins is the director, Comparative Media Studies Program at MIT. In this viral-info-snack he discusses the power of media in a 21 century trans-mediated world. A world where converging technologies and cultures give rise to a new media landscape.

A Companion to Digital Literary Studies

It would be pointless to demystify textual worlds as constructed by language or other types of signs, if the imagination were not spontaneously inclined to pretend that these worlds are real, or, as the romantic poet Wordsworth put it, to „suspend disbelief“ in their autonomous existence.

Marie-Laure Ryan – Fictional Worlds in the Digital Age

Sunday Links

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