Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, Emergent Digital Practices

First Advisor

Rafael Fajardo

Second Advisor

Trace Reddell

Third Advisor

Lynn Schofield Clark


Ace attorney, Fanfiction, Metamodernism, Narrative, Post-postmodernism, Video game


This thesis proposes a metamodern shift in recent narrative trends, which incorporate modernist and postmodernist techniques for narrative. This includes narrative shifts which utilize postmodern devices such as irony and satire for seemingly modern ends such as hope and progress. This thesis posits that this shift can be understood through an analysis of emergent media, and considers the intertextual nature of fanfiction narratives emerging from games through a case study of Things Left Forgotten, a fanfiction written by Archive of Our Own user LookerDeWitt and based upon the two Dai Gyakuten Saiban games, spinoffs of the Ace Attorney series which are currently Japan-exclusive. This analysis seeks to identify metamodern narrative techniques, focusing on metamodern oscillation between modernism and postmodernism, the metamodern “as if” mindset, the return to earnestness through a repurposing of postmodern and modern narrative conventions, a specifically metamodern understanding of paradox, the dissolution of clearly defined boundaries stemming from an increasingly globalized world, and the uniquely reconstructive nature of metamodern narratives.

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Rights Holder

Gina Barbieri


Received from ProQuest

File Format




File Size

186 p.


Comparative literature