Abstract

ABSTRACT:

While popular culture offers the unexamined terminology of “reboots,” “retcons,” and “sequels,” we determine the necessary and sufficient conditions of each and their rejections, thereby articulating a philosophy of revision for fictional narrative. Our example texts, Tolkien’s first two editions of The Hobbit and his three-novel The Lord of the Rings, exemplify how authors restart, reinterpret, and expand narratives—which readers then accept or reject.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1538-974X
Print ISSN
1063-3685
Pages
pp. 304-326
Launched on MUSE
2020-09-26
Open Access
No
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