An Ontological Approach to Transmedia Worlds

Authored by: Frank Branch , Rebekah Phillips

The Routledge Companion to Transmedia Studies

Print publication date:  October  2018
Online publication date:  October  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138483439
eBook ISBN: 9781351054904
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In this chapter, the subjective nature of an ontological approach to transmedia fictional universes is analyzed. The current (and inadequate) bibliographic series tool, the ontological structure created by a group of scholars at the University of Washington, and the relevance of an ontological approach in the arts and humanities are also discussed. The benefits of this approach for scholars and fans include: clear definitions of commonly used terms, the ability to quantify and analyze elements within narratives, and new avenues for research. Future research should include the creators of these universes, since they also benefit from this approach.

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