Week 6: Participatory Culture and Derivative Works

This week we’ll expand our exploration of Storyworlds and Transmediality into Participatory Culture and Derivative Works. How do fans contribute to storyworlds? What are the different kinds of derived works and who defines them? How does the law treat transformative and derivative works? We look at the relationship between creators and those who participate in their worlds.

Fanfiction Exercise With a partner, choose a fandom. Each of you write a fanfiction drabble based on that work. Afterwards, discuss the pieces – how the source material is used, variations in interpretation, etc…
Collaborative Novella Exercise Using the elements given, the class will collaborate on a novella set in the Shared World.
Shared World Exercise 4: Create a place in our Alt version of Victorian Bath, write it up for the wiki, and plot it on the shared map.
Webseries Assignment Sign up for a webseries. Further instructions to be given in class.
Selected Works

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Storyworld
L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Gregory Maguire’s Wicked
Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles
Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton and Lin Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton
Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight Series and E.L James 50 Shades

Readings / Viewings

Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture (Jenkins free pdf)
Hamilton is Fanfic, and its Critics are Totally Missing the Point
Jill Bearup – Virgil was a Homer Fanboy: History of Fanfiction Part 1 (YouTube)
Jill Bearup – Feel the Berne (Convention): History of Fanfiction Part 2 (YouTube)
Clay Shirky: Cognitive Surplus (Ted Talk)