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Lostology: Transmedia storytelling and expansion/compression strategies

Carlos A. Scolari
From the journal Semiotica


The objective of this article is to analyze Lost from the perspective of transmedia storytelling and to propose a taxonomy of transmedia expansion/compression strategies. In the first section, the article presents the basic components of transmedia storytelling from a theoretical point of view that combines narratology and semiotics. After describing the most important components of Lost's transmedia fictional universe in the second section, the article presents a general description and taxonomy of expansion/compression narrative strategies based on traditional rhetorical categories. The article also analyzes “compressed texts” – like recapitulations – and their role inside the expansive strategies.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Published Online: 2013-06-07
Published in Print: 2013-06-06

©[2013] by Walter de Gruyter Berlin Boston

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