Date of Graduation
Doctor of Philosophy in English (PhD)
David A. Jolliffe
Second Committee Member
Joshua B. Smith
Language, literature and linguistics, Composition, Fantasy, Genre, Internet discourse, Semiotics
This dissertation reconciles academic and popular uses of the term genre, concluding that genre is a transmedial, mutable, associative, recognized system regulated through tacit understandings of prestige and power in a given Social space. The study employs a digital humanities method (dependent on digitally facilitated data analysis), conducting descriptive discourse analysis on collected online discussions from fan spaces concerning the fantasy genre and matters related to fantasy. In this way, I construct an image of the fantasy genre, and genre in general, as a multimodal space in which material freely passes between traditional and new media and participants actively negotiate their own authorities.
Cox, A. R. (2016). The Power Fantastic: How Genre Expectations Mediate Authority. Theses and Dissertations Retrieved from https://scholarworks.uark.edu/etd/1822