Matthew Freeman

Recently my first book was published. It explores a major strand of my research into the mostly untapped histories of transmedia by delving into archaeologies of cross-platform storytelling incarnations across a number of different national contexts. The book, titled Transmedia Archaeology: Storytelling in the Borderlines of Science Fiction, Comics and Pulp Magazines, is published by Palgrave Macmillan as part of its Pivot collection and is co-authored with Carlos A. Scolari (University Pompeu Fabra) and Paolo Bertetti (Universita degli Studi di Siena).

Throughout the world, people now engage with stories across multiple media, following the adventures of Doctor Who from television to the Web, exploring the Batman universe across cinema, television, comics, and more. This may seem recent, but transmedia storytelling is not a new phenomenon. History is filled with popular fiction, whose stories extend across different media as yesteryear’s fan communities also participated in the act of expanding fictional worlds. In Transmedia Archaeology, Carlos A. Scolari, Paolo Bertetti and Matthew Freeman examine manifestations of transmedia storytelling not only in different historical periods but also in different countries, spanning the UK, the US and Argentina. They take us into the worlds of Conan the Barbarian, Superman and El Eternauta, and explore transmedia storytelling as part of 20th century mass culture, fandom, narrative practices, genres, and even political activism, giving us an introduction to the archaeology of transmedia. The book’s table of contents is as follows:

Foreword: Roberta Pearson (University of Nottingham)

Introduction: Towards an Archaeology of Transmedia Storytelling

1. Conan the Barbarian: Transmedia Adventures of a Pulp Hero

2. Superman: Building a Transmedia World for a Comic Book Hero

3. El Eternauta: Transmedia Expansions, Political Resistance and Popular Appropriations of a Human Hero

Conclusions: Transmedia Storytelling and Popular Cultures in the 20th Century

Transmedia Archaeology

The book can be purchased in either hardcover or e-book format here and here.

Birmingham Centre For Media And Cultural Research

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