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A Portrait of the Auteur as FanboyThe Construction of Authorship in Transmedia Franchises$
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Anastasia Salter and Mel Stanfill

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496830463

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496830463.001.0001

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Patty Jenkins, Ryan Coogler, Taika Waititi, and the Fan Auteur as L’autre

Patty Jenkins, Ryan Coogler, Taika Waititi, and the Fan Auteur as L’autre

(p.125) 7 Patty Jenkins, Ryan Coogler, Taika Waititi, and the Fan Auteur as L’autre
A Portrait of the Auteur as Fanboy

Anastasia Salter

Mel Stanfill

University Press of Mississippi

Chapter 7 first considers how these auteurs are similar to the norm, deploying the origin story of being fans since their youth. Next, the chapter interrogates how Jenkins and Coogler in particular are the subject of a mountain of superlatives, nearly always framed as being the most, the best, or the first at something. The chapter then explores the ways the auteur as Other tends to be held responsible for the continued success of their entire category. Fourth, the chapter parses out the uneven availability of auteurist opportunity for such figures, despite their successes. Finally, the chapter investigates how representation in these films is presented as tightly interwoven with the identities of the auteurs.

Keywords:   Thor, Wonder Woman, Black Panther, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Representation in media

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