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- DescriptionAn essential introduction to a rapidly growing field of study, The Fan Fiction Studies Reader gathers in one place the key foundational texts of the fan studies corpus, with a focus on fan fiction. Collected here are important texts by scholars whose groundbreaking work established the field and outlined some of its enduring questions. Editors Karen Hellekson and Kristina Busse provide cogent introductions that place each piece in its historical and intellectual context, mapping the historical development of fan studies and suggesting its future trajectories. Organised into four thematic sections, the essays address fan-created works as literary artifacts; the relationship between fandom, identity and feminism; fandom and affect; and the role of creativity and performance in fan activities. Considered as literary artifacts, fan works pose important questions about the nature of authorship, the meaning of originality, and modes of transmission. Sociologically, fan fiction is and long has been a mostly female enterprise, from the fanzines of the 1960s to online forums today, and this fact has shaped its themes and its standing among fans. The questions of how and why people become fans, and what the difference is between liking something and being a fan of it, have also drawn considerable scholarly attention, as has the question of how fans perform their fannish identities for diverse audiences. Thanks to the overlap between fan studies and other disciplines related to popular and cultural studies - including social, digital and transmedia studies - an increasing number of scholars are turning to fan studies to engage their students. Fan fiction is the most extensively explored aspect of fan works and fan engagement, and so studies of it can often serve as a basis for addressing other aspects of fandom. These classic essays introduce the field's key questions and some of its major figures. Those new to the field or in search of context for their own research will find this reader an invaluable resource.
- Author BiographyFounding coeditor, with Kristina Busse, of the open access journal Transformative Works and Cultures (journal.transformativeworks.org), Karen Hellekson also coedited the anthology Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet with Kristina Busse. A scholar of science fiction, she has written The Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith and The Alternate History: Refiguring Historical Time, as well as edited Practicing Science Fiction: Critical Essays on Writing, Reading and Teaching the Genre. She resides in Jay, Maine. The founding coeditor, with Karen Hellekson, of the open access journal Transformative Works and Cultures (journal.transformativeworks.org), Kristina Busse also coedited the anthology Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet with Karen Hellekson. The author of many scholarly and popular essays and coeditor of Sherlock and Transmedia Fandom: Essays on the BBC Series with Louisa Stein, she lives in Mobile, Alabama.
- PublisherUniversity of Iowa Press
- Date of Publication30/03/2014
- SubjectSocial Sciences: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleFan Studies
- Place of PublicationIowa
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Iowa Press
- Content Note3 tables, 2 images, 1 chart
- Weight431 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Edited byKaren Hellekson,Kristina Busse
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