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Towards Transgender Game Studies: The Necromantic Mode and its Trans-Figurations

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posted on 2024-04-26, 07:12 authored by GAWAIN LUCIAN LAX
This thesis sets out the core of a new approach to doing transgender work in game studies. It does so by assembling a framework of “necromantics”, which prioritises relationships between bodies, rather than individual psychology. By widening its lens, necromantics can account for the way that relationships endure in the face of radical transformation. I then apply this to the boys love visual novel, a subgenre of Japanese videogame that focuses on complex bodies, and thus resonates with certain trans experiences. Ultimately, this thesis aims to dig into the connections and transformations which both situate transness and make it possible.

History

Principal supervisor

Daniel Black

Additional supervisor 1

Robbie Fordyce

Year of Award

2024

Department, School or Centre

School of Media, Film and Journalism

Course

Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type

DOCTORATE

Campus location

Australia

Faculty

Faculty of Arts