Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Comic reboot: How Fables, the Unwritten and Animal Man respond to the relationship between author and reader, and the flexibility of storytelling
by DeSuza, Amy M., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 98; 10147313
Abstract (Summary)

There is little argument about the importance of stories in our culture. Stories are constantly retold and transformed, or "rebooted." These changes tend to reflect the cultural values of the receiving audience. The question, then, becomes: how far can the story be pushed before it is no longer recognizable? The acceptance of the reboot depends on the author’s ability to offer a new experience of the story, while keeping the elements that fans feel are the essence of the tale. This paper will examine Fables, The Unwritten, and Animal Man—three metafictional comics that explore the boundaries and limitations of storytelling. Each comic tackles a different form of storytelling: fairytales, literature, and comics. While all three comics offer up some refreshing takes on familiar stories and characters, it is the reader who sets the limitations of flexibility for the reboot.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mitchell-Smith, Ilan
Commitee: Caron, Timothy, Hart, George
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: English
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Literature, Multimedia Communications, American literature
Keywords: Comic books, Graphic narrative, Narratology
Publication Number: 10147313
ISBN: 9781369025385
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