A Companion to Media Authorship

  • ID: 2330195
  • April 2013
  • 576 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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While the idea of authorship has transcended the literary to play a meaningful role in the cultures of film, television, games, comics, and other emerging digital forms, our understanding of it is still too often limited to assumptions about solitary geniuses and individual creative expression. A Companion to Media Authorship is a ground–breaking collection that re–frames media authorship as a question of culture in which authorship is as much a construction tied to authority and power as it is a constructive and creative force of its own. 

Gathering together the insights of leading media scholars and practitioners, 28 original chapters map the field of authorship in a cutting–edge, multi–perspectival, and truly authoritative manner. The contributors develop new and innovative ways of thinking about the practices, attributions, and meanings of authorship.  They situate and examine authorship within collaborative models of industrial production, socially networked media platforms, globally diverse traditions of creativity, complex consumption practices, and a host of institutional and social contexts.  Together, the essays provide the definitive study on the subject by demonstrating that authorship is a field in which media culture can be transformed revitalized, and reimagined.

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Notes on Contributors ix

1 Introduction: The Problem of Media Authorship 1
Derek Johnson and Jonathan Gray

Part I Theorizing and Historicizing Authorship

2 Authorship and the Narrative of the Self 23
John Hartley

3 The Return of the Author: Ethos and Identity Politics 48
Kristina Busse

4 Making Music: Copyright Law and Creative Processes 69
Olufunmilayo B. Arewa

5 When is the Author? 88
Jonathan Gray

6 Hidden Hands atWork: Authorship, the Intentional Flux, and the Dynamics of Collaboration 112
Colin Burnett

Part II Contesting Authorship

7 Participation is Magic: Collaboration, Authorial Legitimacy, and the Audience Function 135
Derek Johnson

8 TellingWhose Stories? Re–examining Author Agency in Self–Representational Media in the Slums of Nairobi 158
Brian Ekdale

9 Never Ending Story: Authorship, Seriality, and the Radio Writers Guild 181
Michele Hilmes

10 From Chris Chibnall to Fox: Torchwood s Marginalized Authors and Counter–Discourses of TV Authorship 200
Matt Hills

11 Comics, Creators, and Copyright: On the Ownership of Serial Narratives by Multiple Authors 221
Ian Gordon

Part III Industrializing Authorship

12 Benny Hill Theatre : Race, Commodification, and the Politics of Representation 239
Anamik Saha

13 Cynical Authorship and the Hong Kong Studio System: Li Hanxiang and His Shaw Brothers Erotic Films 257
Stephen Teo

14 The Authorial Function of the Television Channel: Augmentation and Identity 275
Catherine Johnson

15 The Mouse House of Cards: Disney Tween Stars and Questions of Institutional Authorship 296
Lindsay Hogan

16 Transmedia Architectures of Creation: An Interview with Ivan Askwith 314
Jonathan Gray

17 Dubbing the Noise: Square Enix and Corporate Creation of Videogames 324
Mia Consalvo

Part IV Expanding Authorship

18 Authorship Below–the–Line 349
John T. Caldwell

19 Production Design and the Invisible Arts of Seeing 370
David Brisbin

20 Scoring Authorship: An Interview with Bear McCreary 391
Derek Johnson

21 #Bowdown to Your New God: Misha Collins and Decentered Authorship in the Digital Age 403
Louisa Ellen Stein

22 Collaboration and Co–Creation in Networked Environments: An Interview with Molly Wright Steenson 426
Megan Sapnar Ankerson

23 Dawn of the Undead Author: Fanboy Auteurism and Zack Snyder s Vision 440
Suzanne Scott

Part V Relocating Authorship

24 Authoring Hype in Bollywood 465
Aswin Punathambekar

25 Auteurs at the Video Store 485
Daniel Herbert

26 Authorship and the State: Narcocorridos in Mexico and the New Aesthetics of Nation 506
Hector Amaya

27 Scripting Kinshasa s Teleserials: Reflections on Authorship, Creativity, and Ownership 525
Katrien Pype

28 We Never Do Anything Alone : An Interview on Academic Authorship with Kathleen Fitzpatrick 544
Jonathan Gray and Derek Johnson

Index 551

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All in all, an engaging examination of the multiple dimensions of authorship in the 21st century.  Summing Up: Recommended.  Upper–division undergraduates and above.   (Choice, 1 December 2013)

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