In my dissertation project, I investigate the (inter)medial aspects of the worldbuilding in fantasy prose fiction, comics, and video games. That is, the different ways in which the secondary worlds are mediated and portrayed in each media product. My aim is to study how medial aspects affect the portrayal of secondary worlds, whether there are affordances at work and how they could affect the portrayal. Furthermore, my research will additionally take interest in immersion in relation to worldbuilding.
The project will not be an exhaustive study of secondary worlds in each media type. Instead, I will work methodologically with case studies for analysing the potentials for meaning-making in the portrayal of the secondary world in each media product. Additionally, intermedial models for analysing media as well as contemporary fantasy scholarship inspire the methods for my project.
- Fantasy studies
- Worldbuilding and secondary world theory
- Intermedial and multimodal studies
- Comic studies
- Video game studies, ludology
I am a member of FORS, Fantasy Online Research Seminar.