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Retcon Game: Retroactive Continuity and the Hyperlinking of America

Andrew J. Friedenthal


This book argues that the narrative/world-building technique known as retroactive continuity, often overlooked by literary scholars and media historians alike, has become a naturalized and ubiquitous part of popular culture. A careful look at the history of retroactive continuity–or retconning– reveals how its growing acceptance as a part of popular narratives has led to a complex, complicated understanding of the ways in which history and story can interact, ultimately creating a cultural atmosphere that is increasingly accepting of revisionist historical narratives. This can be seen most pot ... More

Keywords: retroactive continuity, retcon, world-building, hyperlink, revisionist history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781496811325
Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496811325.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew J. Friedenthal, author