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Building Imaginary Worlds: The Theory and History of Subcreation
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Building Imaginary Worlds: The Theory and History of Subcreation [Format Kindle]

Mark J.P. Wolf
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Mark J.P. Wolf’s study of imaginary worlds theorizes world-building within and across media, including literature, comics, film, radio, television, board games, video games, the Internet, and more. Building Imaginary Worlds departs from prior approaches to imaginary worlds that focused mainly on narrative, medium, or genre, and instead considers imaginary worlds as dynamic entities in and of themselves. Wolf argues that imaginary worlds—which are often transnarrative, transmedial, and transauthorial in nature—are compelling objects of inquiry for Media Studies. Chapters touch on:

    • a theoretical analysis of how world-building extends beyond storytelling, the engagement of the audience, and the way worlds are conceptualized and experienced

    • a history of imaginary worlds that follows their development over three millennia from the fictional islands of Homer’s Odyssey to the present

    • internarrative theory examining how narratives set in the same world can interact and relate to one another

    • an examination of transmedial growth and adaptation, and what happens when worlds make the jump between media

    • an analysis of the transauthorial nature of imaginary worlds, the resulting concentric circles of authorship, and related topics of canonicity, participatory worlds, and subcreation’s relationship with divine Creation

Building Imaginary Worlds also provides the scholar of imaginary worlds with a glossary of terms and a detailed timeline that spans three millennia and more than 1,400 imaginary worlds, listing their names, creators, and the works in which they first appeared.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 409 pages
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  • Editeur : Routledge (18 juillet 2013)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 très bien mais pas facile à lire 4 mars 2014
Par claudio
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C'est un prof qui ecrit aux autres prof, donc pas evident à lire, en plus en anglais, mais vraiment interessante
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Finally: The theories of world-building in one book 6 janvier 2014
Par Dave - Publié sur
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Mark J.P. Wolf does exactly what he advertises in the title. He provides a thorough and comprehensive theory and history of subcreation.
This is the benchmark for those who want to work with world-building theory in litarary studies or similar fields. From Tolkien's theory of subcreation or Nelson Goodman's philosophical approaches to the contemporary paths of medial studies; it's all gathered and explained. Along with James DiGiovanna's essay on “Worldmaking as Art Form”, Mark J.P. Wolf justifies the incorporation of many works of fantasy and science fiction into serious philology by providing the theory and history of subcreation. Maybe one day, authors like Tolkien will belong to the classical canon of english literature, mentioned alongside Shakespeare or Chaucer, and if this ever happens it is the result of the work by people like Wolf and his forerunners!
However, if you are looking for a "how-to write a science fiction novel" kind of book, this is not what you are looking for, although IMO, any author of fantasy/science-fiction would benefit from this knowledge.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 NOT a world-building guide book...and not very useful for the price asked... 27 octobre 2013
Par Van E. Davis - Publié sur
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After balking at the eBook purchase price of this book (currently well over $30.00), I decided to bite the bullet and pay the also exorbitant $9 to simply RENT the book, and see if anything within might justify the cost.

I was NOT enthused.

If you are considering this book, thinking that it might help you build your own worlds in some way, you're best to run away now, and take a look at many of the other "How To..." books on this site. But, if you are curious beyond restraint, PLEASE do yourself a favor and rent the book for the least amount of time you won't take you long to be sorry you wasted your time, but glad you didn't buy the book outright.

The author does a great job in giving an encyclopedic and exhaustive list of many types of world-building (especially focusing on the works and ideas of J R R Tolkien) up until around 1995...and subsequently categorizing them into his own formalist taxonomy. Problem is, he says nothing in this list than cannot be found in other works on the topic, and gives little insight into an understanding of its appeal or practical application.

There is a BASIC discussion of world building's core concepts; but, both the "Building" and "Theory" portions of the title are AT LEAST a little misleading...the book is almost useless for someone interested in building an imaginary world: and is definitely NOT a "How to..." for world building.

This might be useful as a textbook in a media course, somewhere...and this might be the justification that the publisher uses to require such a ridiculous price on an eBook. All I can do is warn anyone that might be curious...they would be much better off combing the internet for a used copy, or visiting a physical library, to see if there's anything useful for them, here.
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