(Re)reading Fatherhood: Applying Reader Response Theory to Joel’s Father Role in The Last of Us
Fatherhood is a topic that has just recently started garnering attention in the video game literature with the predominant responses coming from the popular press and personal blog entries. This chapter engages the latter, and is interested in understanding how fatherhood is performed, enacted, read, and reread in the context of The Last of Us (TLoU). Three questions are of interest: First, how can the father-daughter relationship in TLoU be read through the lenses of masculinity and fatherhood? Second, from a reader response perspective, how did selected bloggers view the father-daughter dynamic within TLoU? Finally, how do the bloggers’ readings of TLoU fit the reader-response framework?
KeywordsMasculinity Digital games Fatherhood Reader response theory
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