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Martyrs, athletes, and transmedia storytelling in late antiquity


Amsler, Monika (2019). Martyrs, athletes, and transmedia storytelling in late antiquity. Transformative Works and Cultures, 31:?-?.

Abstract

Fan fiction in antiquity suffers from a lack of certainty regarding what is canon: is what is now considered fan fiction really fan fiction, or is it another contemporary version of the canon? The concept of fan fiction thus ought to be combined with the idea of transmedia storytelling, building on snowball-effect stories. This approach is used in an analysis of how the saints in late antiquity became a characteristic of Christianity. This era used fan fiction–like texts describing saints' life stories; shrines and dedicated basilicas, which allowed distinct communities to gather and celebrate; pilgrimages, which combined adventure and biographical identification with the beloved saint; and pictures, relics, and pilgrim tokens. The Christian world in late antiquity has characteristics reminiscent of the universes created by transmedia storytelling, the aim of which is complete immersion in content.

Abstract

Fan fiction in antiquity suffers from a lack of certainty regarding what is canon: is what is now considered fan fiction really fan fiction, or is it another contemporary version of the canon? The concept of fan fiction thus ought to be combined with the idea of transmedia storytelling, building on snowball-effect stories. This approach is used in an analysis of how the saints in late antiquity became a characteristic of Christianity. This era used fan fiction–like texts describing saints' life stories; shrines and dedicated basilicas, which allowed distinct communities to gather and celebrate; pilgrimages, which combined adventure and biographical identification with the beloved saint; and pictures, relics, and pilgrim tokens. The Christian world in late antiquity has characteristics reminiscent of the universes created by transmedia storytelling, the aim of which is complete immersion in content.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology > Institute of Religious Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:230 Christianity & Christian theology
200 Religion
Uncontrolled Keywords:Athletes for Christ, Cult of the saints, Fan fiction, Patronage, Pilgrimage
Language:English
Date:15 December 2019
Deposited On:10 Jan 2020 08:31
Last Modified:07 Apr 2020 07:24
Publisher:Organization for Transformative Works
Series Name:Transformative Works and Cultures
Number of Pages:18
ISSN:1941-2258
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.3983/twc.2019.1645
Official URL:https://journal.transformativeworks.org/index.php/twc/article/view/1645/2259
Related URLs:https://journal.transformativeworks.org/index.php/twc/article/view/1645 (Publisher)

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