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Brown Bag Presentation

Humanities & Social Sciences Presents "How Do We Recognize Fictional Character Across Adaptations, Reboots, and Sequels?" In this talk, Dr. Haugtvedt theorizes how audiences allow characters to re-appear and grow across books, plays, movies, and TV shows that may also present conflicting storylines. Transfictional characters are characters who migrate across different texts that do not necessarily share the same creator. Drawing upon characters from the Victorian period and early twentieth century (such as Sherlock Holmes), Dr. Haugtvedt argues that serialization prepares audiences to recognize the “object permanence” of character. Serialized narratives are long-running stories told in a series of connected episodes. Dr. Haugtvedt concludes by provisionally suggesting that, rather than modeling fictional character on implied humans, a better model for transfictional characters might be dolls.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Classroom Building, Room 309