113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Comparative Media I

Session Chair: 
Russell McDermott, University of Southern California
Session 6: Saturday 8:30-10:00am
Willamette (PMCC)
Topic Area: 


  1. Samara Surface, Oregon State University
    Facing similar “low culture” accusations as they emerged, can we consider transmedia adaptations and their source texts as parts of narrative’s historical continuum? Just as Austen’s novel was not only arguing for proto-feminism but for the very form of the novel, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries makes claims not only about female friendships but for the validity of interactive web series.
  2. Derek Price, Metropolitan State University of Denver
    Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness provides the ideological underpinnings for Yager Development team to release one of the most critically engaging First Person Shooter games ever released. Spec Ops: The Line deliberately uses the common tropes and themes of other popular FPS shooters to detourn the ideological framework of the "genre", and to subvert the player experience to claim that players themselves  perpetuate the cyclical hegemony of oppression. 
  3. Melissa Martinez, University of California, San Diego
    This paper examines contemporary Mexican Literature texts, and the film Mad Max: Fury Road. Through the use of tattooed and branded bodies in the texts and film, I consider how tattoos and scars are narratives within narratives that allow us to navigate the complex forces that shape identity in and beyond the texts.
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