Sarah Thorne


Assistant Professor


  • PhD, Cultural Mediations (Carleton University)
  • MA, Theory and Criticism (Western University)
  • MA, English (Carleton University)
  • BA, English (St. Thomas University)

Contact Information

Teaching and Research Interests

Critical Media Theory, Video Games, Narrative, New Media, Digital Humanities

Selected Publications

Psychoanalysis.” Canadian Journal of Communication, vol. 48, no. 1, 2023. 

#Emotional: Exploitation and Burnout in Creator Culture.” CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, vol. 24, no. 4, 2022 (2023), pp. 1-12. Special Issue: “Platform Psychoanalysis.”

Trouble in Watopia: Negotiating Community Wellbeing and Cheating in Zwift eSports Cycling.” Eracle: Journal of Sport and Social Sciences, vol. 5, no. 2, 2022, pp. 33-48. Special Issue: “Media, Society and Cycling Cultures.”

There Is No Immersion: Critical Intervention Through Hypermediacy in Metagames.” Eludamos, vol. 12, no. 1, 2021, pp. 61–85. Special Issue:Playfulness across Media.”

Hey Siri, Tell Me a Story.” Special Issue of Convergence, vol. 26, vo. 4, 2020, pp. 808–823. Special Issue: “Back to the Future: Telling and Taming Anticipatory Media Visions and Technologies.”

Branching Out: Narrative Decision Systems After BioShock” in Beyond the Sea: Navigating Bioshock, edited by Jessica Aldred and Felan Parker, McGill-Queen’s UP, 2018, pp. 353-375.

Perverse and Interpassive Gaming: Enjoyment and Play in Gamespaces.” Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society, vol. 22, no. 1, 2017, pp. 106-113.

The House of the Future: Mediating Open Enclosures.” Digital Studies/le Champ Numérique, 2014.