»It’s true, all of it!« Canonicity Management and Character Identity in Star Wars

Von Tobias Kunz

Taking as its object of study the character of Grand Admiral Thrawn from the Star Wars franchise, this article examines how character identity is managed in narrative transmedial franchises. Focusing on the notion of ›canonicity‹, it suggests a way of conceptualizing how hierarchical systems of continuity can affect the mental modelling of characters. Furthermore, it discusses what strategies are employed—both textually and paratextually—to maintain a sense of character identity in the face of a reboot like the one undergone by Star Wars in 2014.