Convergence Culture Reconsidered
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Convergence Culture Reconsidered

By Claudia Georgi
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Taking media scholar Henry Jenkins’s concept of ‘convergence culture’ and the related notions of ‘participatory culture’ and ‘transmedia storytelling’ as points of departure, the essays compiled in the present volume provide terminological clarification, offer exemplary case studies, and discuss the broader implications of such developments for the humanities. Most of the contributions were originally presented at the transatlantic conference Convergence Culture Reconsidered organized by the editors at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany, in October 2013. Applying perspectives as diverse as literary, cultural, and media studies, digital humanities, translation studies, art history, musicology, and ecology, they assemble a stimulating wealth of interdisciplinary and innovative approaches that will appeal to students as well as experts in any of these research areas.

Taking media scholar Henry Jenkins’s concept of ‘convergence culture’ and the related notions of ‘participatory culture’ and ‘transmedia storytelling’ as points of departure, the essays compiled in the present volume provide terminological clarification, offer exemplary case studies, and discuss the broader implications of such developments for the humanities. Most of the contributions were originally presented at the transatlantic conference Convergence Culture Reconsidered organized by the editors at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany, in October 2013. Applying perspectives as diverse as literary, cultural, and media studies, digital humanities, translation studies, art history, musicology, and ecology, they assemble a stimulating wealth of interdisciplinary and innovative approaches that will appeal to students as well as experts in any of these research areas.

Table of Contents
  • Titelei
  • Table of Contents
  • Foreword
  • Introduction
    • Reconsidering Convergence Culture and Its Consequences for Literary Studies: Claudia Georgi
  • Forms of Convergence
    • Mediating Meaning in Botticelli’s Primavera: Gorčin Dizdar
    • The Enemy of Environmentalism: Struggles with Divergent Convergence: Robert M.W. Brown
    • Performing Identities and Convergent Aesthetics in Contemporary Estonian Video Art: Inga Untiks
    • Translation and Convergence Culture: German Renderings of Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Annika Rosbach
  • Participation and Fandom
    • ‘Scribner’s Illustrated New Orleans’: Convergence Culture and Periodical Culture in Late 19th-Century America: Florian Freitag
    • Expanding Worlds: Neo-Victorianism, Fan Fiction, and the Death of the Author: Jan-Erik Ella
    • Aspects of Victorian Serial Publication in Neo-Victorian Fiction: The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Sabina Fazli
    • “When in Rome …” – Convergence Culture in Science Fiction Fandom: Stephanie Kader
  • Transmediality
    • Reconsidering Transmedia(l) Worlds: Nicole Gabriel, Bogna Kazur, and Kai Matuszkiewicz
    • Can Man with a Movie Camera Shoot Enemy Zero? Convergence and Transcoding in Michael Nyman’s Musical Scores: Andrea C. Valente
    • Converging Media and Modes: Digital Textuality and the Dissolution of Media Borders in Steven Hall’s The Raw Shark Texts: Lai-Tze Fan
  • Biographical Notes
  • Backcover
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