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Retcon GameRetroactive Continuity and the Hyperlinking of America$
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Andrew J. Friedenthal

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496811325

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496811325.001.0001

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A Brief Prehistory of Retroactive Continuity

A Brief Prehistory of Retroactive Continuity

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(p.15) 1 A Brief Prehistory of Retroactive Continuity
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Retcon Game
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Andrew J. Friedenthal

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496811325.003.0010

This chapter explores the “prehistory” of retroactive continuity, and its implementation in narratives that pre-exist its conceptualization as a term. It begins by discussing the transmission of narratives amidst oral cultures before moving on to explore retconning in Biblical writing, particularly Midrash. The chapter concludes with a look at three master storytellers who used retcons as a crucial part of their “world-building” as writers–Arthur Conan Doyle, J.R.R. Tolkien, and H.P. Lovecraft.

Keywords:   oral culture, Midrash, Arthur Conan Doyle, J.R.R. Tolkien, H.P. Lovecraft

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