Vampires Get You Famous, But The Hulk Will Get You Sued: The Intersections of Creativity, Censorship, Copyright and the Commons
Why are there so many zombie and vampire movies? Where did Steampunk come from? Why does it seem like everything eventually is adapted? Why has Disney invested so much in fictional universes such as Star Wars and the Marvel Comics? Why does writing fanfiction come with the chance of being sued? While some of these questions stem from the modern world of copyright and censorship, they are also steeped in the tradition and history of human cultures and their desire to tell and revisit stories. This presentation explores storytelling through the lens of creativity, copyright, censorship, and the cultural commons to better develop a critical eye and an appreciation for what it means to engage in storytelling in the 21st century.
The lecture will be presented by Lance Eaton, who has taught courses on popular culture, comics, literature, and history at NSCC for over a decade. He is also an instructional designer at Brandeis University and doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. His research has published articles on post-9/11 narratives in comics, zombie narratives in the 21st century, ideology driving early Superman comics in the 1930s & 1940, and the intertextual relationship between Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde, and the Incredible Hulk. His current research explores the problems of knowledge access in an age of copyright and digitization. His musings can be found at http://www.byanyothernerd.com
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