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A Companion to Media Authorship

  • ID: 2330195
  • Book
  • 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 1Derek Johnson and Jonathan Gray

Part I Theorizing and Historicizing Authorship

2 Authorship and the Narrative of the Self 23John Hartley

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

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

5 When is the Author? 88Jonathan Gray

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

Part II Contesting Authorship

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

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

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

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

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

Part III Industrializing Authorship

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

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

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

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

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

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

Part IV Expanding Authorship

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

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

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

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

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

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

Part V Relocating Authorship

24 Authoring Hype in Bollywood 465Aswin Punathambekar

25 Auteurs at the Video Store 485Daniel Herbert

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

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

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

Index 551

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