Finding the Lost Light: Transformations of Folklore in Fictional Worldbuilding

Daniel Peretti (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

Worldbuilding has come to the attention of scholars as a worthwhile subject for analysis as an expression of creativity in recent decades. Many creators use folklore as one element of worldbuilding, but often they give the fictional folklore characteristics that don’t match folklore in the real world. Using examples drawn from a pair of Transformers comics series, this paper explicates one such element: that fictional folklore at first resembles real-world folklore in its uncertain origin before being explained as the characters explore and learn various facts behind the folklore as part of the story’s plot.

Part of 07-06 Reading Popular Culture Through Folklore, Saturday, November 04, 8:30 am–10:00 am