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Laws of Fantasy Remix

Title: The Laws of Fantasy Remix.
Name(s): Dauphin, Matthew J., author
Faulk, Barry J., professor directing dissertation
Nudd, Donna M., university representative
Mariano, Trinyan, committee member
Parker-Flynn, Christina, (Professor of English), committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Arts and Sciences, degree granting college
Department of English , degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Doctoral Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2017
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (163 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This project establishes a critical framework for the examination of a recently emerged trend in speculative fictions texts, which I have dubbed "fantasy remix." Through close examination of two exemplary texts that exhibit the characteristics of fantasy remix, Once Upon a Time and Grimm, I establish a method by which fantasy remix can be identified and examined for its strength as a tool of resistance, subversion, and conformity. There are three major characteristics of the technique that can be used to identify most fantasy remix texts: 1) the incorporation and adaptation of multiple pre-existing fantastic characters, plots, and motifs, such as from fairy tales, folklore, or mythology; 2) the juxtaposition of these fantasy elements with contemporary culture and/or settings; and 3) an emphasis on narrative and/or structural temporal complexity. Fantasy remix texts displaying these characteristics make liberal use of speculative fiction's tendency to subvert reality and to enable its consumers to resist the sometimes-overwhelming bombardment of cultural ideology that suffuses the real world. The fantasy remix's simultaneous tendency to conform, at least superficially, to the status quo increases its chances of effective subversion and resistance, creating a semi-paradoxical situation in which that which does not fit becomes a source of cultural reflection. This dissertation examines the way the fantasy remix technique helps to dismantle and critique ideological conceptions of morality, law, and justice; immanent causality, especially race and racism; and the temporal order inherent to causality, and thus to our ability to make meaning from the world. Meant as a means to expand speculative fiction scholarship with regard to a specific niche technique, the questions posed by this analysis serve as an example for new ways of approaching the dialectic possibilities of a contemporary culture that creatively cannibalizes its own past.
Identifier: FSU_2017SP_Dauphin_fsu_0071E_13722 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of English in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester 2017.
Date of Defense: March 29, 2017.
Keywords: fantasy, justice, racism, remix, television, temporality
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Barry Faulk, Professor Directing Dissertation; Donna Marie Nudd, University Representative; Trinyan Mariano, Committee Member; Christina Parker-Flynn, Committee Member.
Subject(s): American literature
British literature
Irish literature
English literature
United States -- Study and teaching
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Dauphin, M. J. (2017). The Laws of Fantasy Remix. Retrieved from