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Fanhackers • Imaginactivism is—perhaps self-evidently—a...
"Imaginactivism is—perhaps self-evidently—a compound word made up of Imagine and Activism, but..." “Imaginactivism is—perhaps self-evidently—a compound word made up of Imagine and Activism, but intended to connote the process relationship between imagining and acting to make change in the world. The coinage is intended to signal a positive and effective relationship between creating and sharing visions of a better world that is possible and being moved by those visions to take practical action. It also suggests that we value imagining and imagination as an active process of crafting a vision that is a necessary precursor to worldly action, and sharing it with and in a community of ideas. The temporality of that relationship might work differently; our shared visions might emerge from the actions we take, or they might co-emerge or be co-created, but the important point is that we don’t regard the practice of imagining as simply escape or retreat from the world.”
- Joan Haran (2017): Instantiating Imaginactivism: Le Guin’s The Dispossessed as Inspiration. Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, No. 12. http://ift.tt/2z8ivsl
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Fanhackers • As demonstrated above, the norms of print...
"As demonstrated above, the norms of print publishing above all else value public access: public..." “As demonstrated above, the norms of print publishing above all else value public access: public publishing, public circulation, public market through public buying and public selling, public reading, public engagement. The average fan text flouts these norms, whether because print zines are sold literally “under the table” at conventions or because fan works are posted to member-only online communities. The meaning of the word publish, “to issue text for sale or distribution to the public,” derives from its etymological root, which means “people.” This raises a deceptively simple question that has long dogged historians of women’s writing: What does it mean to be “published”? Historically, the difference between manuscript publishing and print publishing has rested on the insularity of the intended audience in the private sphere and the public acts associated with the public sphere.”
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Coker, Catherine. 2017. “The Margins of Print? Fan Fiction as Book History.” Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 25.

In case you missed it, Cait Coker discusses fan fiction, the OTW, and this paper in a recent guest post for the OTW.
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Fanhackers • In this sense, therefore, the informal practices...
"In this sense, therefore, the informal practices of fan culture appear uniquely compatible with a..." “

In this sense, therefore, the informal practices of fan culture appear uniquely compatible with a free and open culture in which participation in the processes of creation is unhindered by institutional or legal means.

More recent research into fan practice—particularly in relation to gaming—has nevertheless complicated the strict boundaries this “folk” imagery implies between fan and corporate production in a digital age. (…) Fans have thus been repeatedly conceptualized as the vanguard of new economies based in open, participatory cultural production.

But the fan-programmers behind Dominion War—just like those behind Gundam Century, Open Rebellion, and others—embraced hierarchy, closure, and proprietary creativity at the same time as they experimented with production logics outside of copyright control. As a case study, Dominion War complicates this equation of fan practice with free culture by pointing to negotiated transitions between closed commodity culture and open, peer-to-peer collaboration. While this TC did bear potential for ongoing, collectively intelligent cultural production, it also operated by upholding corporate hierarchies, privatized ownership, and monopolies of culture that thwarted the processual realization of that potential.


- Derek Johnson, StarCraft Fan Craft: Game Mods, Ownership, and Totally Incomplete Conversions, p53
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Fanhackers • In discussing the idol system in Japan, we tend to...
"In discussing the idol system in Japan, we tend to think of the idol as a performer who is produced..." “In discussing the idol system in Japan, we tend to think of the idol as a performer who is produced by a talent agency and lends his/her image to the promotion of goods and services. However, as Bruno Latour (2005) argues, a better approach perhaps is to consider agency as distributed across a network of actors that all contribute to how interactions take place. That is, idols not only promote the sale of goods and services, but actually are produced by the goods and services that they sell. Rather than idols selling products, we have a system of commodities that is selling idols. By focusing on the idol alone, one loses sight of the network of relations that go into producing the idol. We falsely assume that agencies produce idols to perform on television or some other media stage, but the capitalist system too needs idols to advertise the products that it produces. The idol, then, is but a node in the network of the capitalist system of commodities that links producers to consumers.”
- Galbraith and Karlin, Idols and Celebrity in Japanese Media Culture, p8
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Fanhackers • The New York Times validates the literary merit of...
"The New York Times validates the literary merit of fanfiction writing. Articles assure parents that..." “The New York Times validates the literary merit of fanfiction writing. Articles assure parents that their children’s dwindling literacies are simply being replaced by equally viable alternatives: their children are not reading and writing less, they are simply reading and writing differently. Fanfiction is framed as a healthy literacy practice, employed by local kids in public libraries (Aspan 2007; Warren 2011).”
- Drew Emanuel Berkowitz, Framing the Future of Fanfiction: How The New York Times’ Portrayal of a Youth Media Subculture Influences Beliefs about Media Literacy Education, p204
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Fanhackers • This very brief analysis of the history of German...
"This very brief analysis of the history of German fan fiction, as well as the results of our cursory..." “This very brief analysis of the history of German fan fiction, as well as the results of our cursory comparison of the exclusively German-language archive FanFiktion.de and the international Archive of Our Own, suggest that fandoms, fan practices, and fannish affections are complex and heterogeneous. Generalizing assumptions about an (imagined) unity in a specific fan fiction community are highly questionable. There is not, for example, a single Harry Potter fan fiction community but rather numerous ones that differ in their sets of rules, the socialization and education of their members, and the popularity of certain characters, pairings, tropes, or genres. In addition, political, historical, economic, and legal factors influence a national fan fiction history.”
- Cuntz-Leng, Vera, and Jacqueline Meintzinger. 2015. “A Brief History of Fan Fiction in Germany.” In “European Fans and European Fan Objects: Localization and Translation,” edited by Anne Kustritz, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 19.
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Fanhackers • By revising contemporary narratives of both book...
"By revising contemporary narratives of both book history and fan history, we can reread..." “By revising contemporary narratives of both book history and fan history, we can reread women’s work in the literary and book trades from the seventeenth and the twenty-first centuries as a function of operating with and subverting patriarchal norms of literary production. In other words, the more things change, the more they stay the same.”
- Coker, Catherine. 2017. “The Margins of Print? Fan Fiction as Book History.” Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 25.
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Fanhackers • If Whedon received scrutiny due to his feminist...
"If Whedon received scrutiny due to his feminist stance, and was limited by a studio system..." “If Whedon received scrutiny due to his feminist stance, and was limited by a studio system apparently reluctant to engage with gender representation, George Miller was comparatively unconstrained. One may expect a film concerned with male control and female autonomy would be scrutinised for having an all-male writing team, however Fury Road avoided this. (…) Issues of franchise and audience expectation are also relevant: both films were anticipated returns of popular franchises, but arguably Fury Road did not have the ‘baggage’ of incredibly high audience expectation, and the pressure of contributing to an expansive ‘super franchise’. Moreover, the Mad Max franchise is typically considered ‘masculinist’ escapist fantasy, leading to the presumption of a smaller female audience, as well as lowering expectations of female representation, thus creating favourable conditions for a ‘surprise’ feminist film. Seemingly, Whedon’s activism and feminist concerns added to the aforementioned ‘baggage’ making outright critical and fan praise potentially unachievable. Hence, if Whedon’s feminism clashed with Marvel’s sexism, creating ambiguity which invites criticism, Miller’s high-octane tale of emancipation paired with its legitimising feminist consultancy, suffered no such issues.”
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ROWSON, Emily. 2017. ‘We Are Not Things’: Infertility, Reproduction, and Rhetoric of Control in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Mad Max: Fury Road. Networking Knowledge: Journal of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network, 10(3) pp. 57-70.

Mad Max: Fury Road and Avengers: Age of Ultron were both released in 2015. MMFR was lauded by feminists (while upsetting “Men’s Rights Activists”) for its exploration of issues of bodily autonomy, while Ultron faced a much colder reception and was critised in particular for its treatment of Black Widow’s infertility. In this paper, Emily Rowson looks beyond the fan and audience reaction to these movies. She combines three different kinds of analysis. She takes into account the audience reception of the films. She also performs a close reading of the feminist themes in both movies. Finally, she looks at the role of the director (and particularly the director as auteur) in shaping both the film and the audience’s expectations of it. Ultimately she argues that MMFR perhaps wasn’t as feminist as we would like to think, while Ultron was somewhat hard done by. This paper may be a good opportunity to revisit both films to see what you think. (Or to watch cars explode in the desert. That’s good too.)
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Fanhackers • One of the most important goals that Fan Studies...
"One of the most important goals that Fan Studies can achieve as a discipline is to record watershed..." “One of the most important goals that Fan Studies can achieve as a discipline is to record watershed moments in online cultural history that often pass under the notice of more mainstream analysis.”
- Hemmann, Kathryn. 2017. Anime Fan Communities: Transcultural Flows and Frictions, by Sandra Annett [book review]. Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 25.
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Fanhackers • I was once told that book history is not...
"I was once told that book history is not applicable to the study of fan fiction as, “by..." “I was once told that book history is not applicable to the study of fan fiction as, “by definition,” such writing is not disseminated in book form—that is, as a printed codex.”
- Coker, Catherine. 2017. “The Margins of Print? Fan Fiction as Book History.” Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 25.
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Fanhackers • Although Disney has yet to feature a queer female...
"Although Disney has yet to feature a queer female heroine in its fairy tale canon, that does not..." “Although Disney has yet to feature a queer female heroine in its fairy tale canon, that does not deter queer Disney femslash fans from poaching Disney texts in order to create fairy tales that legitimise their place in society. Through poaching, cutting, and splicing female characters from Disney’s animated canon, these Sapphic fans are re-joining Disney’s conservative silence with boundless creativity. In these new Disney fairy tales queer identities are no longer monstrous but commonplace, normal, and utterly human. So long as Walt Disney Studios remains silent on queer female representation in their animated films, the femslash fandom will continue to camp outside the Magic Kingdom’s gates.”
- Maier, Kodi (2017) Camping Outside the Magic Kingdom’s Gates: The Power of Femslash in the Disney Fandom. Networking Knowledge: Journal of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network 10(3), p. 27-43.
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Fanhackers • Issues of class, combined with issues of academic...
"Issues of class, combined with issues of academic disciplines, create a scholarly void where no one..." “Issues of class, combined with issues of academic disciplines, create a scholarly void where no one asks what fan fictions do that distinguishes them from other genres (Gray 2003). Instead, scholarship fixates on the acts of writers and the responding acts of readers, deftly avoiding horrifying h/c [hurt/comfort]’s unsavory content. In doing so, unique and inventive attributes of the genre are overlooked.”
- Linn, Rachel. 2017. “Bodies in Horrifying Hurt/Comfort Fan Fiction.” Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 25.
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Fanhackers • DIYHistory | Transcribe | Hevelin Fanzines
DIYHistory | Transcribe | Hevelin Fanzines DIYHistory | Transcribe | Hevelin Fanzines:

What an awesome opportunity for fans to get involved with the preservation of fannish materials and with fan studies research!
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Fanhackers • Fanfiction is acting on media in at least two...
"Fanfiction is acting on media in at least two ways. By infrastructuring communities and publics,..." “Fanfiction is acting on media in at least two ways. By
infrastructuring communities and publics, authors, read-
ers and platform runners build up (own) communicative
and (quasi-)material spaces for circulating, sharing and
archiving the stories they want to write and read, for
the stories they cannot find in official canon productions.
By doing fanfiction, whether it is their intention or not,
they also question the existing political-juridical condi-
tions which frame transformative working and publish-
ing of derivative material. Fanfiction challenges preva-
lent concepts of individual authorship and proprietary of
cultural goods.”
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Reißmann, W., Stock, M., Kaiser, S., Isenberg, V., & Nieland, J. U. (2017). Fan (fiction) acting on media and the politics of appropriation. Media and Communication, 5(3), 15-27.

This article uses the concept of “acting on media” to look at fannish activities. Acting on media is the idea that some media consumers (for instance activists, special interest groups, etc.) not only consume media or even contribute to things like social media sites - they actively shape media infrastructures and environments. Reißmann et al. find that fans do this in two ways: we actively build our own infrastructures (like the AO3) or appropriate and shape existing infrastructures for our own ends. Remeber what Maciej Cegłowski (the Pinboard Guy) said about the fannish migration from del.icio.us to Pinboard? That’s acting on media. Equally, through our sheer stubbornness and insistance in being allowed to create and share transformative works, we also ask all sorts of uncomfortable questions about who owns culture, who gets to be an author, and why.
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Fanhackers • Theme parks function as storytelling...
"Theme parks function as storytelling devices—material interfaces simultaneously engaging multiple..." “Theme parks function as storytelling devices—material interfaces simultaneously engaging multiple senses to immerse visitors in a variety of story worlds.”
- Godwin, Victoria. 2017. “Theme Park as Interface to the Wizarding (Story) World of Harry Potter.” Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 25.
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Fanhackers • Asked about his group’s goals, he [Daniel, the...
"Asked about his group’s goals, he [Daniel, the founder of LEGO fan group Schwabenstein 2x4]..." “Asked about his group’s goals, he [Daniel, the founder of LEGO fan group Schwabenstein 2x4] says, “The fact that LEGO is art and culture has not yet sunk in with people. And that is why I consider it important and the right thing to do that we founded this association, in order to make people aware of the fact that Lego is not just a toy, it is a means to transform your thoughts into buildings” (translated by S. E.).”
- Einwächter, Sophie Gwendolyn, and Felix M. Simon. 2017. “How Digital Remix and Fan Culture Helped the Lego Comeback.” Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 25.
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Fanhackers • It requires a certain cultural expertise and...
"It requires a certain cultural expertise and freedom to be able to arrange cultural fragments..." “It requires a certain cultural expertise and freedom to be able to arrange cultural fragments skilfully to new ends. This is reflected in The LEGO Movie, where the most prestigious characters are so-called masterbuilders, people who have the actual ideas for new arrangements and who can build their own creations (MOCs) without instructions. Interestingly, the crime of the film’s villain consists of gluing Lego bricks together so they can no longer be used by someone else or for different purposes. The narrative can thus be read alongside popular critiques of copyright like the one undertaken by Lawrence Lessig (2008) in his book Remix where he states that cultural production has always depended on the usage of existing material and that current copyright and trademark legislations increasingly hinder cultural participation. The glue in the Lego film’s narrative can thus be interpreted as a copyright not flexible enough for creative and out-of-the-box-thinking, a threat to the masterbuilders of our culture. While subtly criticizing a copyright not fit for the digital age of remixing, The LEGO Movie pays homage to older media and to the tangibility of Lego bricks through analog cues.”
- Einwächter, Sophie Gwendolyn, and Felix M. Simon. 2017. “How Digital Remix and Fan Culture Helped the Lego Comeback.” Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 25.
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Fanhackers • The collective nature of the event, with thousands...
"The collective nature of the event, with thousands of players convening on one digital space, has a..." “The collective nature of the event, with thousands of players convening on one digital space, has a disruptive effect on the gameplay of others, analogous to that of a sit-in or blockade…Players who are not aware of the event are often surprised as a large group of gnomes runs through their area; sometimes they join the event out of curiosity and learn about the charity cause along the way.”
- Collister, Lauren B. 2017. “Transformative (H)activism: Breast Cancer Awareness and the World of Warcraft Running of the Gnomes.” Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 25.
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Fanhackers • New fan studies research post coming next week
New fan studies research post coming next week

We have to skip a week with our list of new/recent fan studies research because we’re experiencing technical issues. Apologies for the inconvenience!
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Fanhackers • [T]his essay (…) forwards an initial rereading of...
"[T]his essay (…) forwards an initial rereading of the Superman origin story as influenced by..." “[T]his essay (…) forwards an initial rereading of the Superman origin story as influenced by my own experiences of transitioning genders. Within the world of comics, an origin story typically refers to a canonized account that explains how a hero or group of heroes came into being. The assumption that one may be able to precisely locate the moment or moments during which the superhero identity began to take shape may ring familiar to trans readers, who may similarly be asked to continually locate the origins of their own gender identities—the presumption being, of course, that cis persons are not usually asked the question ‘When did you know?’ While the textual examples used in this article in some way entertain the idea that a point of origin is possible to locate, I wish to show how these narratives are perhaps the most malleable to reinterpret from a trans reading position given the overlapping and persistent preoccupation with locating identity within a specific temporal boundary.”
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Vena, Dan. 2017. “Rereading Superman as a Trans F/Man.” Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 25.

Dan Vena’s essay intertwines his experience as a trans man and trans fan with his reading and “transing” of Superman, as well as theories of comic books, superheroes, and gender. His rereading of Superman as a trans character allows him to ask questions about ideas of boyhood, masculinity, and becoming a man - for both trans and cis men. Vena’s personal narrative of his experiences of transition and his relationship with SUperman as a fan object is a running theme throughout the essay, making it a very accessible piece of scholarship.
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Fanhackers • Contemporary fan fiction is overwhelmingly digital...
"Contemporary fan fiction is overwhelmingly digital in both publication and dissemination; it has..." “Contemporary fan fiction is overwhelmingly digital in both publication and dissemination; it has never been easier to access this subculture of writers and writing. However, fan fiction in print has likewise never been so accessible, as a slew of recent popular novels proudly proclaim their fannish origins and make claims such as “More Than 2 Million Reads Online—FIRST TIME IN PRINT!” Further, traditional fannish mores insist that fan work should never be done for profit, and yet numerous print works adapted from fan fiction have become best sellers. I would like to problematize how we consider form and content in both creation and reception, how the popular value of work waxes and wanes in relation to its fan fiction status. In other words, how can we read fan fiction as part of a continuum of historical publication practices by women, and problematize our hierarchies of value between print and digital?”
- Coker, Catherine. 2017. “The Margins of Print? Fan Fiction as Book History.” Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 25.
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Fanhackers • Beginning with a general overview of the...
"Beginning with a general overview of the historical roots of slash fan fiction and its theoretical..." “

Beginning with a general overview of the historical roots of slash fan fiction and its theoretical interest to feminist and gender studies scholars, we posit three waves in the relationship between slash and queer culture:

1. Initial woman-centric slash that consciously used male protagonists and male bodies to envision ideal relationships and fantasise about sexual experimentation, often within deeply committed romantic relationships.

2. A politically self-aware movement towards realism that confronted these fantasy men not only with the realities of male bodies and sexualities, but also with the cultural realities of gay lives.

3. Slash fiction that is deeply embedded within a self-defined queer space, neither fantastically creating nor idealising yet othering gay men, but rather writing multiple genders and sexualities as both reflections and fantasies of the complexly diverse community of readers and writers.


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Busse, K. and Lothian, A. (2018). “A history of slash sexualities: Debating queer sex, gay politics and media fan cultures”. In Smith, C., Attwood, F. and McNair, B. (Eds.) The Routledge Companion to Media, Sex and Sexuality. Oxon: Routledge.

This is a really neat essay that returns to and updates for the 21st century what I jokingly refer to as the Foundational Question of Fan Studies: why do straight women write about men banging? The breakdown into the three waves is a useful structure both for those who’ve been kicking around slash fandom forever and for those of us who joined somewhere along the way. Busse and Lothian back up their analysis with a range of examples of fan fiction from all three waves, and “which of these have I read” is a fun game to play with this essay.
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Fanhackers • New fan studies research - September 19th, 2017
New fan studies research - September 19th, 2017

A weekly list of new/recent fan studies research that’s just been added to the Fan Studies Bibliography. Works are divided into things that are open access (=immediately readable for anyone) and not open access (=behind a paywall or not yet public).

Also make sure to check out the new issue of Transformative Works and Cultures that just came out-individual articles will be included in next week’s update.

If we missed anything or made a mistake, submit a correction and we’ll fix it in next week’s edition. Happy reading!

Open access:

Andò, Romana. 2017. “Girls and the Media: Girlhood Studies Agenda and Prospects in Italy.” Issue: Gender/Sexuality/Italy, 4 (2017). http://ift.tt/2hipQxI

Marjuni, Nasrum, and Andi Bungawati. 2017. “The Perception of Makassar’s Teenagers toward Korean Drama and Music (Case Study on Makassar Korean Lovers Community).” English and Literature Journal 2 (01): 66–80. http://ift.tt/2hgHuFO

Morimoto, Lori. 2017. “‘First Principles’: Hannibal, Affective Economy, and Oppositionality in Fan Studies.” http://ift.tt/2hipR4K

Sieders, Kimberley Johanna Arendina. 2017. “Make Campaigning Great Again: Fan’s Appropriation of the Mythology of Drumpf’s 2016 Presidential Campaign.” MA thesis. http://ift.tt/2hf48hQ

Vojtíšková, Tereza. 2017. “The South Korean Body Factory: Celebrity Culture, Mass Media and Cosmetic Surgery.” BA thesis, Empire State College. http://ift.tt/2hipSpk

Not open access:

Biggin, Rose. 2017. “Fan Interactivity: Communicating Immersive Experience.” In Immersive Theatre and Audience Experience, 97–112. Springer. http://ift.tt/2heCWzV

Chen, Lu. 2017. Chinese Fans of Japanese and Korean Pop Culture: Nationalistic Narratives and International Fandom. Routledge. http://ift.tt/2hipTto

Hutchinson, Jonathon. 2017. “Alternative Forms of Participation in Media Organizations.” In Cultural Intermediaries, 175–200. Springer. http://ift.tt/2hfTQ1d

Jang, Won ho, and Jung Eun Song. 2017. “The Influences of K-Pop Fandom on Increasing Cultural Contact: With the Case of Philippine Kpop Convention, Inc.” 지역사회학 18: 29–56. http://ift.tt/2hipU0q
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Fanhackers • TWC No. 25 is published
TWC No. 25 is published

transformativeworksandcultures:

Table of Content

Editorial
Editor, Copyright and Open AccessTheory
Catherine Coker, The margins of print? Fan fiction as book history
E. J. Nielsen, Christine de Pizan’s The Book of the City of Ladies as reclamatory fan work
Lesley Autumn Willard, From co-optation to commission: A diachronic perspective on the development of fannish literacy through Teen Wolf’s Tumblr promotional campaigns
Shannon Howard, Surrendering authorial agency and practicing transindividualism in Tumblr’s role-play communities
Milena Popova, “When the RP gets in the way of the F”: Star Image and intertextuality in real person(a) fiction
Dan Vena, Rereading Superman as a trans f/manPraxis
Lauren B. Collister, Transformative (h)activism: Breast cancer awareness and the World of Warcraft Running of the Gnomes
Ludi Price and Lyn Robinson, Fan fiction in the library
Rachel Elizabeth Linn, Bodies in horrifying hurt/comfort fan fiction: Paying the toll
Victoria Godwin, Theme park as interface to the wizarding (story) world of Harry Potter
Sophie Gwendolyn Einwächter amd Felix M. Simon, How digital remix and fan culture helped the Lego comeback
Seth M. Walker, Subversive drinking: Remixing copyright with free beerSymposium
Kevin D. Ball, Fan labor, speculative fiction, and video game lore in the Bloodborne community
Babak Zarin, “Can I take your picture?“—Privacy in cosplay
Kelli Marshall, Milk and mythology in Singin’ in the Rain
Liza Potts, A case of Sherlockian identity: Irregulars, feminists, and millennialsReview
Bethan Jones, Post-object fandom: Television, identity and self-narrative, by Rebecca Williams
Amanda D. Odom, Role playing materials, by Rafael Bienia
Kathryn Hemmann, Anime fan communities: Transcultural flows and frictions, by Sandra Annett
Sandra Annett, Boys love manga and beyond: History, culture, and community in Japan, edited by Mark McLelland et al.Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC), ISSN 1941-2258, is an online-only Gold Open Access publication of the nonprofit Organization for Transformative Works. TWC is a member of DOAJ. Contact the Editor with questions.
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Fanhackers • But in the middle of the decade, one manga and its...
"But in the middle of the decade, one manga and its anime not only saved dōjinshi fandom from near..." “

But in the middle of the decade, one manga and its anime not only saved dōjinshi fandom from near extinction but was responsible for its biggest boom yet. Takahashi Yōichi’s Captain Tsubasa (1981–88, Kyaputen tsubasa), about boys competing in the then-exotic sport of soccer, felt like a mixture of shōnen and shōjo manga in its depiction of both competition and friendship between boys (in contrast to thegekiga-esque martial arts manga that had formerly dominated the sports genre). From 1986, bishōnen soccer stars’ homo erotic and homosexual dōjinshi exploits stoked female fans and creators’ fantasies and shifted yaoi to the center of female otaku-ism, which today is known as fujoshi culture. Within a year, attendance at Comike nearly doubled (to approximately sixty thousand in winter 1987), and a majority of attendees were again women. Popular titles like Seint Seiya (1986–90) and the anime Ronin Warriors (1988–89, Yoroiden samurai trooper) held women’s interest after Captain Tsubasa ended serialization.

In contrast to the earlier aniparo phenomenon, the yaoi boom was dominated by young women just out of high school who—unlike their counterparts in earlier decades—now had everything they needed to create dōjinshi: manga drawing techniques and tools. Photocopiers had become common, and an entire rapid-printing industry had arisen, offering all-inclusive services from manuscript touchup to professional offset printing, to delivery direct to Comike for reasonable prices. New dōjinshi conventions appeared, and manga shops began selling dōjinshi on commission. Comparatively lush, custom-made, oversized dōjinshi with more than one hundred pages became common, and popular circles could now live on their fanworks’ profits.


- Fan-Yi Lam, Comic Market: How the World’s Biggest Amateur Comic Fair Shaped Japanese Dōjinshi Culture
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Fanhackers • New fan studies research - September 5th, 2017
New fan studies research - September 5th, 2017

A weekly list of new/recent fan studies research that’s just been added to the Fan Studies Bibliography. Works are divided into things that are open access (=immediately readable for anyone) and not open access (=behind a paywall or not yet public).

If we missed anything or made a mistake, submit a correction and we’ll fix it in next week’s edition. Happy reading!

Open access

Möller, Jessica. 2017. “A Look at Improvement Possibilities of Online Dating Considering Personal Interests and Fandoms.” Accessed September 5. http://ift.tt/2vIRazk

Nugraha, Raindra Yudha. 2017. “Subtitling Strategies of Taboo Words Used in Fans Sub and Pro Sub in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ Movie.” Dian Nuswantoro University. http://ift.tt/2wEDX7R

Pillai, Meena T. 2017. “The Many Misogynies of Malayalam Cinema.” Economic & Political Weekly 52 (33): 53. http://ift.tt/2vIwasB

Russell, N’Donna Rashi. 2017. “Make-up!: The Mythic Narrative and Transformation as a Mechanism for Personal and Spiritual Growth in Magical Girl (Mahō Shōjo) Anime.” Thesis. http://ift.tt/2wEktAz

Shepherd, Dustin L. 2017. “The Functionality of Reboots.” MA thesis. http://ift.tt/2vIr4N0

Yildiz, Buket Nur, and others. 2017. “K-Wave Experience in Turkey-Handling Subjugation in a Patriarchal Society.” http://ift.tt/2wEIA1O  

Not open access

Brown, Kenon A., Andrew C. Billings, Breann Murphy, and Luis Puesan. 2017. “Intersections of Fandom in the Age of Interactive Media: ESports Fandom as a Predictor of Traditional Sport Fandom.” Communication & Sport, August, 2167479517727286. doi:10.1177/2167479517727286

Brown-Devlin, Natalie, Michael B. Devlin, and Phillip W. Vaughan. 2017. “Why Fans Act That Way: Using Individual Personality to Predict BIRGing and CORFing Behaviors.” Communication & Sport, August, 2167479517725011. doi:10.1177/2167479517725011

Castellano, Mayka, and Heitor Leal Machado. 2017. “‘Please Come to Brazil!’ The Practices of RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Brazilian Fandom.” In RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Shifting Visibility of Drag Culture, 167–77. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-50618-0_12

Jowett, Lorna, Stacey Abbott, and Bronwen Calvert. 2017. “Buffy at 20 - a Round Table Discussion with Some Senior Scoobies.” University of Huddersfield. http://ift.tt/2vIr67A.  
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Fanhackers • Shipping idols together is a common pastime in...
"Shipping idols together is a common pastime in Asian idol fandom. The first episode of SNL Korea..." “Shipping idols together is a common pastime in Asian idol fandom. The first episode of SNL Korea featured a skit recreating the events of a famous boy band fan fiction story. There’s international academic scholarship on idol femslash (Yang and Bao 2012). Idol shipping is fairly popular even outside of Asia. On the highest ranked international K-pop fan site, Allkpop (http://www.allkpop.com/), articles have titles such as “10 of the Most Popular K-Pop Fan-Fictions Out There,” “11 Ships You Wish Were Real,” and “7 Times Hani Proved to Be Totally Shippable.” On the J-pop fan forum site JPHIP (http://forum.jphip.com/), there are two forums dedicated to idol pairings and about half a dozen forums and archives dedicated to idol fan fiction. The lesbiansubtextinkpop Tumblr posted over 2,300 posts from 2011 to 2013. On the Archive of Our Own (AO3; http://ift.tt/1ffprbE), there are over 6,000 fan stories tagged J-pop, over 60,000 tagged K-pop, and several dozen tagged C-pop.”
- Lin, Elaine Han. 2017. “Unseen International Music Idol Femslash.” In “Queer Female Fandom,” edited by Julie Levin Russo and Eve Ng, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 24.
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Fanhackers • In football, “no single game ever represents the...
"In football, “no single game ever represents the game for players or spectators”..." “In football, “no single game ever represents the game for players or spectators” (Hughson and Free 2006, 76), as each game is part of the narrative of the season or the tournament, and each season or tournament is part of the seasons or tournaments that came before it and that will come after. These games rotate around the comings, goings, and doings of the players (and managers) that perform in them. In combination, these two elements are what keep football engaging and entertaining to the majority of its fans. They are heavily discussed and promoted in all facets of the football media, contributing to an ongoing, long-term interest in the narratives by the fans who continually discuss and debate them. As a result, to truly understand football, one must look at not only the 90 minutes of the match but also the surrounding media, which function as necessary paratexts.”
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Waysdorf, Abby. 2015. “The Creation of Football Slash Fan Fiction.” In “European Fans and European Fan Objects: Localization and Translation,” edited by Anne Kustritz, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 19.

In this paper, Abby Waydorf goes beyond the traditional conception of the authentic sports fan as someone who is not affected my the media spectacle surrounding the sport. She uses the case study of Football (soccer!) RPF to show how a range of authentic fannish engagements are possible, and how mediation of sports - like the marketing of individual star players, and wider narratives spanning multiple seasons - makes European football (and other sports) really attractive to fan fiction writers. In sports, we find characters and story arcs similar to those we love in our favourite TV shows. Players rise from obscurity to stardom, are traded and build relationships within their teams, retire in glory or back in obscurity. Teams have intense rivalries, they win and lose games, championships and trophies. Those are all classic elements that fan fiction writers can pick up on and take as the jumping-off point for fic, just like we use characters and plots from other media. These expressions of fandom are no less authentic (though they are frequently denigrated and marginalised) than attending games, wearing your team’s scarf, and cheering them on through their ups and downs.
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Fanhackers • […] fans are well positioned for politicization...
"[…] fans are well positioned for politicization because they already have communities built..." “[…] fans are well positioned for politicization because they already have communities built around the kinds of intense affective investments that often drive political action, which has greatly facilitated the organization of HPA and the Nerdfighters. HPA is the most prominent of these civic-minded fan groups, with chapters in 300 community institutions nationwide and abroad; its members engage in a wide variety of cultural, educational, philanthropic, and more traditional political activities that often overlap and converge.”
- McCracken, Allison. 2017. By Any Media Necessary: The New Youth Activism, by Henry Jenkins et al. [book review]. In “Queer Female Fandom,” edited by Julie Levin Russo and Eve Ng, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 24.
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Fanhackers • Media fandom is an ephemeral culture, and online...
"Media fandom is an ephemeral culture, and online fandom even more so. A printed zine from the 1970s..." “Media fandom is an ephemeral culture, and online fandom even more so. A printed zine from the 1970s may last longer than a story published online in the last six months. In fact, continual changes in publication preference and fannish infrastructure have impacted the accessibility and permanence of fan fiction: zines may have a much lower initial circulation, but hard copies have a permanence that newsgroup posts, mailing-list e-mails, or blog posts may lack. Even as fandom as a whole has become more widely accepted and openly public, distribution patterns have moved away from public archives toward individual fan archiving, which allows writers to maintain greater control.”
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Versaphile. 2011. “Silence in the Library: Archives and the Preservation of Fannish History.” Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 6.

This piece by fan writer and archivist Vesaphile is a great overview of the technical challenges fannish communities have historically faced in the preservation of our fan works, culture, and history. Published in 2011, it covers everything from zines and bulletin boards to mailing lists and LiveJournal. It predates fandom’s big migration to Tumblr and only touches on the Archive of Our Own, but it also makes some quite prescient comments about the ways in which fannish online presence and archiving efforts might develop. Versaphile speaks from her own lived experience as a long-time fan archivist, and it’s great to see that knowledge recognised and preserved in an academic journal.
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Fanhackers • New fan studies research - August 15th, 2017
New fan studies research - August 15th, 2017

A weekly list of new/recent fan studies research that’s just been added to the Fan Studies Bibliography. Works are divided into things that are open access (=immediately readable for anyone) and not open access (=behind a paywall or not yet public).

If we missed anything or made a mistake, submit a correction and we’ll fix it in next week’s edition. Happy reading!

Open access

Cavcic, Antonija. 2017. “Boys’ Love for the Love of It: Progressive Prosumers and the Proliferation of Queer Culture through Manga.” PhD dissertation, Murdoch University. http://ift.tt/2x1VvtE

Kolehmainen, Pekka. 2017. “Social Media Narratives as Political Fan Fiction in the 2016 US Presidential Election.” European Journal of American Studies 12 (12–2). http://ift.tt/2w7Pn6Q

Valero Porras, María José; Cassany, Daniel. 2017. “Translation by Fans for Fans : Organization and Practices in a Spanish-Language Community of Scanlation.” BiD: Textos Universitaris de Biblioteconomia i Documentació, no. 38

Yang, Benny Chen-heng. 2017. “Why Godzilla? The Factors for Global Fame of Tokusatsu Giant Monsters.” International Journal of Liberal Arts and Social Science 5 (5). http://ift.tt/2x1D34o

Not open access

Buozis, Michael. 2017. “Doxing or Deliberative Democracy? Evidence and Digital Affordances in the Serial SubReddit.” Convergence, August, 1354856517721809. doi:10.1177/1354856517721809

Carviou, James. 2017. “Modern Family and Family Guy: Representation and Relevancy among Twitter Fans.” PhD dissertation, University of Iowa. http://ift.tt/2w7Sb3V

Creekmur, Corey, Melanie Kohnen, Jonathan McIntosh, Lori Morimoto, Katherine Morrissey, Suzanne Scott, and Louisa Stein. 2017. “Roundtable: Remix and Videographic Criticism.” Cinema Journal 56 (4): 159–84. doi:10.1353/cj.2017.0044

Kyriakidou, Maria, Michael Skey, Julie Uldam, and Patrick McCurdy. 2017. “Media Events and Cosmopolitan Fandom: ‘Playful Nationalism’in the Eurovision Song Contest.” International Journal of Cultural Studies, 1367877917720238. http://ift.tt/2x1QRMq

Wu, Jingsi Christina. 2017. “Voting for the Next Super Girl and Political Talk.” In Entertainment and Politics in Contemporary China, 89–130. East Asian Popular Culture. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-48264-4_3
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Fanhackers • During the 2006–7 television season, the...
"During the 2006–7 television season, the production team and cast for Grey’s Anatomy (2005–)..." “

During the 2006–7 television season, the production team and cast for Grey’s Anatomy (2005–) dealt with a series of unfortunate industry events that significantly affected the writers’ room, cast, and ongoing story lines of the show. An actor uttered a homophobic slur, which received wide media coverage, and which ultimately led Grey’s Anatomy to create a compelling, true-to-life lesbian story line.

This essay examines the discourse surrounding these events, including news reports and audience reaction to the story lines developed in response to the scandal. The LGBT fan community I examine here is Erica_Callie, a LiveJournal (LJ) community, which was highly active during the 2008–9 TV season, with over 1,800 individual posts and tens of thousands of comments.

The production response to real-life events relies on underlying production-culture knowledge of media concepts, such as authenticity, audience identification, and emotional realism, as a remedy for the damage inflicted by the scandal on both the show and the affected LGBT audience. The development of the lesbian story line in Grey’s Anatomy was an act of industry public relations; the story line was constructed to develop and resonate with LGBT audiences.


- Zuk, Tanya D. 2017. “Coming Out on Grey’s Anatomy: Industry Scandal, Constructing a Lesbian Story Line, and Fan Action.” In “Queer Female Fandom,” edited by Julie Levin Russo and Eve Ng, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 24.
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Fanhackers • Corporate sales, creator identity, and audience...
"Corporate sales, creator identity, and audience heterogeneity lead yuri to an awkward place in terms..." “Corporate sales, creator identity, and audience heterogeneity lead yuri to an awkward place in terms of genre identity. Is yuri the schoolgirl romance created by men for a male audience who consider love between girls pure, or is it the girl’s romance that has roots in S literature for a female audience who fondly remember their days admiring upperclassmen at all-girls schools? Or is it for lesbians, whose stories are nominally acknowledged in narratives of self-awareness of love for a member of the same sex or feelings of being different, without any use of the word lesbian? The heterogeneity of creator and audience causes difficulty in both definition and scholarship. Who gets to define yuri?”
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Friedman, Erica. 2017. “On Defining Yuri.” In “Queer Female Fandom,” edited by Julie Levin Russo and Eve Ng, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 24.

This piece looks at the history of and the different influences on yuri - the Japanese genre depicting love and relationships between women. Friedman’s main point is that the creators, publishers, and audiences for yuri are hugely diverse and frequently have diverging interests, resulting in a genre (or possibly collection of genres) that is difficult to pin down. Some works are aimed women (queer and/or straight), some are aimed at straight men, some depict love between women without touching on lesbian and queer identities, some are by lesbian creators, though many are not. The paper is relatively short and covers a lot of ground - I’d love to see a longer piece elaborating on some of the aspects this only hints at.
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Fanhackers • Queerbaiting is the outcome of increased...
"Queerbaiting is the outcome of increased paratextual discourse about LGBT content at a specific..." “Queerbaiting is the outcome of increased paratextual discourse about LGBT content at a specific moment of queer contextuality. We might be tempted to reserve the term, in the sense that I use it, for media texts that fail to have canonically queer characters despite textual and paratextual content that suggests the possibility. However, doing so would not explain why The 100, with a canonical F/F couple, has also been widely cited as an example of queerbaiting. The crucial element is not a lack of canonicity, but how satisfactorily queerness plays out in the canonical text relative to viewer expectations that emerge from the reading of multiple texts and paratexts and that take account of queer contextuality.”
- Ng, Eve. 2017. “Queerbaiting and the Contemporary Media Landscape in Rizzoli & Isles and The 100.” In “Queer Female Fandom,” edited by Julie Levin Russo and Eve Ng, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 24.
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Fanhackers • Slash - even more so than gay romance - is the...
"Slash - even more so than gay romance - is the ultimate fictional expression of erotic faith. The..." “Slash - even more so than gay romance - is the ultimate fictional expression of erotic faith. The romance heroes in these stories fall so in love with their male friend or partner, so embrace the religion of erotic faith, that they can’t help committing themselves as lovers. These male heroes may not understand themselves as “really” gay and may be portrayed as heterosexual men whose beloved simply happens to be another man. But the love these men discover for each other is strong enough to defeat patriarchy’s chief rule that a man must be straight. In a society that preaches the religion of erotic faith - where love provides meaning and fulfillment as the path to the promised land - the ultimate test of erotic faith is for a heterosexual alpha male to willingly and openly love in a romantic way another such male. To do so is much riskier than the expected path of loving a woman, for it is to breach the great taboo against same-sex male love that defines patriarchal masculinity.”
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Roach, C. M. (2016). Happily Ever After: The Romance Story in Popular Culture. Indiana University Press.

Remember Catherine Roach and her breakdown of the key elements of the romance story? Towards the end of her book, Roach turns to gay romance and slash fan fiction. There has of course been a fair amount of fannish meta written about the exact relationship between slash and queer sexualities, and some academic research too. Roach’s perspective is as someone who is primarily a romance scholar (and writer), not a fan studies scholar, so she perhaps emphasises different aspects of slash to those fans and fan studies scholard to. What do you think?
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Fanhackers • SwanQueen creates a space where female concerns,...
"SwanQueen creates a space where female concerns, even queer distress, are not merely brushed aside..." “SwanQueen creates a space where female concerns, even queer distress, are not merely brushed aside but discussed and dealt with—discussions that I and other fans find pleasurable in many ways.”
- Strauch, Sandra. 2017. “Once Upon a Time in Queer Fandom.” In “Queer Female Fandom,” edited by Julie Levin Russo and Eve Ng, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 24.
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Fanhackers • CFP Tumblr & Fandom
CFP Tumblr & Fandom

itisbeeing:

It’s not too late to submit a short symposium piece to the #TWC special issue on Tumblr & Fandom! So if you’re sitting on some Tumblr/Fandom thoughts, do consider submitting! See the call for more info, contact info etc here:

http://ift.tt/2tx2Tjs
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Fanhackers • CFP: Fan Studies Network Australasia 2017
CFP: Fan Studies Network Australasia 2017 CFP: Fan Studies Network Australasia 2017:

If you’re in Australasia and were following the FSN2017 coverage and wishing you could be here, FSN is coming to you!! And while it doesn’t say so on this post, the deadline for the CfP has been pushed back to August 25th, so there’s still time to pitch!
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Fanhackers • FSN 2017 Louisa Stein ‘Fandom/Resistance’ Keynote:...
FSN 2017 Louisa Stein ‘Fandom/Resistance’ Keynote: audio recording FSN 2017 Louisa Stein ‘Fandom/Resistance’ Keynote: audio recording:

If you were following us on Twitter over the weekend of June 24th-25th this year, you may have noticed that we went to the Fan Studies Network Conference and did a spot of live-tweeting. We may also have mentioned that Louisa Stein’s excellent keynote titled “Fandom/Resistance” made us cry - in fact it made an entire room of totally respectable, grown-up academics tear up on several occasions. The Fan Studies Network has published an audio recording of Louisa’s keynote, along with timestamps and links to the videos Louisa shared. It’s definitely 30 minutes well spent.
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Fanhackers • (… ) racial and ethnic identity must be considered...
"(… ) racial and ethnic identity must be considered as important to our conceptualizations..." “(… ) racial and ethnic identity must be considered as important to our conceptualizations about fandom spaces as we have always considered gender and sexuality. To do otherwise will be to repeat the mistakes of fields such as feminist and queer studies that have at times unwittingly reinscribed the idea that race is somehow an additional aspect of cultural experience, something that can be disregarded at will (…). Fan studies continues to have a strong thread of reading fan culture (especially female-dominated aspects of it) as enabling spaces that allow for greater freedom in (re)crafting the cultural narratives that seek to order our world. While these spaces definitely work to disrupt hegemonic constructions of what kinds of stories are allowable in fan communities, their recurrent biases and erasures are equally present.”
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Pande, Rukmini and Swati Moitra. 2017. “Racial dynamics of online femslash fandoms.” In “Queer Female Fandom,” edited by Julie Levin Russo and Eve Ng, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 24.

One of several strong recent works on fandom and race, this article looks at Once Upon a Time femslash to analyze and question the “subversiveness” of fannish and academic practices that neglect to consider race. Make sure to check out co-author Rukmini Pande’s Decolonising Fan Studies reading list for more on this topic.
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Fanhackers • Visible, too, in the defense of Sansa Stark are...
"Visible, too, in the defense of Sansa Stark are the attempts of young feminists to both validate and..." “Visible, too, in the defense of Sansa Stark are the attempts of young feminists to both validate and unpack the self: the experiences and traumas of female adolescence, the passionate consumptions and productions of media fandom, the revelations of feminist ideas in new and old forms. Feminist fans invite each other to treat the creative and critical discourse through which they interact, the “doing of fandom,” as praxis. Through these intensities of engagement with a beloved character and the insights these generate, they ultimately propose to transform the fan communities they inhabit. Consciousness-raising for the twenty-first century, indeed.”
- Naylor, Alex. (2016). “My Skin Has Turned to Porcelain, to Ivory, to Steel”: Feminist Fan Discourses, Game of Thrones, and the Problem of Sansa. In E. R. Helford, S. Carroll, S. Gray, & M. R. Howard (Eds.), The Woman Fantastic in Contemporary American Media Culture (pp. 39-60). Jackson, MI: University Press of Mississippi.
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Fanhackers • Calling the practice of modding more empowering or...
"Calling the practice of modding more empowering or resistive than other fannish practices is..." “Calling the practice of modding more empowering or resistive than other fannish practices is problematic because, use of technology aside, modding is not significantly different than the writing of fan fiction or the creation of vids. Modding is, essentially, the practice of taking the tools provided by an existing media text and twisting them to a different purpose. Just like other fannish productions, mods are created (both legitimately and within hacker culture) by game fans for other game fans. They are distributed and evaluated within the community and tend to perform the values associated with the
gender that makes up a majority of the population. In the case of gaming, the values being performed most often are those associated with traditional notions of masculinity: competition, broadcasting, aggression and the expectation that males repress emotions and do not engage in intimacy among other males. Just like fan fiction and vidding, modding and machinima perform individual negotiations of ideologies of gender and sexuality that vary in terms of their resistance to the ideological status quo.”
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Hampton, Darlene Rose. 2010. “Beyond Resistance: Gender, Performance, and Fannish Practice in Digital Culture.” 

A very interesting look at the gendered aspects of how different kinds of fanworks are talked about and evaluated as more or less “resistive.”
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Fanhackers • The narrative structure of the ideal romance is...
"The narrative structure of the ideal romance is summarized below: 1. The heroine’s social identity..." “The narrative structure of the ideal romance is summarized below:
1. The heroine’s social identity is destroyed.
2. The heroine reacts antagonistically to an aristocratic male.
3. The aristocratic male responds ambiguously to the heroine.
4. The heroine interprets the hero’s behavior as evidence of a purely sexual interest in her.
5. The heroine responds to the hero’s behavior with anger or coldness.
6. The hero retaliates by punishing the heroine.
7. The heroine and hero are physically and/or emotionally separated.
8. The hero treats the heroine tenderly.
9. The heroine responds warmly to the hero’s act of tenderness.
10. The heroine reinterprets the hero’s ambiguous behavior as the product of previous hurt.
11. The hero proposes/openly declares his love for/demonstrates his unwavering commitment to the heroine with a supreme act of tenderness.
12. The heroine responds sexually and emotionally.
13. The heroine’s identity is restored.”
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Radway, J. A. (1984). Reading the romance: Women, patriarchy, and popular literature. Univ of North Carolina Press.

I mentioned in a recent post that trying to break up the romance novel narrative into a set of distinct strctural elements is a common activity in Popular Romance Studies. In some ways, Radway’s structure (which was the first such attempt) is slightly less abstract than Roach’s. It’s more of a chronological step by step guide through a romance novel’s plot than an attempt to abstract the key messages of the romance narrative.

From a fannish and fan studies point of view, of course, one of the interesting things is to what extent fan fiction makes use of the same structures. So go on, take this as an excuse to reread your favourite romance fanfic, all 100k words of it, and see which bits match and where there are differences. (And feel free to tell us all about it, in reblogs, replies, submissions, etc. - I’d love to see what you find!)
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Fanhackers • New fan studies research - June 27th, 2017
New fan studies research - June 27th, 2017

A weekly list of new/recent fan studies research that’s just been added to the Fan Studies Bibliography. Works are divided into things that are open access (=immediately readable for anyone) and not open access (=behind a paywall or not yet public). Mostly new theses this week.

If we missed anything or made a mistake, submit a correction and we’ll fix it in next week’s edition. Happy reading!

Open access:

Black, Eleanor Frances. “The Fantasy Begins: The Affective Potential of Games Through Final Fantasies I and VI.” B.S. thesis, Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University, 2017. Available: http://ift.tt/2t1UlxL

Cronan, Allison. “I’ve Got a Theory, It Could Be Whedon: Understanding the Televisual Auteur.” B.S. thesis, Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University, 2017. Available: http://ift.tt/2shQRtT

DeLallo, Jessica B. “Fandoms in the Lives of Gifted Individuals with Imaginational Overexcitabilities.” Ph.D., Denver: University of Denver, 2017. Available: http://ift.tt/2t1UdOo

Jacobs, Melissa. “‘ They’ve Come to Draw Blood’-How Women Fans of World Wrestling Entertainment Perceive Women Wrestlers.” M.A., Clemson: Clemson University, 2017. Available: http://ift.tt/2shSNCw

Richardson, Ashley. “Fandom, Racism, and the Myth of Diversity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” B.S. thesis, Williamsburg: College of William and Mary, 2017. Available: http://ift.tt/2s3hd24

Smith, Edmund. “Superheroes and Shared Universes: How Fans and Auteurs Are Transforming the Hollywood Blockbuster.” Media, Film, and Communication Working Paper Series 3 (2017). Available: http://ift.tt/2sioDPz

Williams, Bailey. “Ode To You: A Generative Criticism of the Rhetorical Characteristics Employed By The Twenty One Pilots Fandom To Create and Maintain A Community On Twitter.” B.S. thesis, Wooster: The College of Wooster, 2017. Available: http://ift.tt/2t1FFi7

Not open access:

Veale, Kevin. “‘Friendship isn’t an emotion fucknuts’: Manipulating affective materiality to shape the experience of Homestuck’s story.” Convergence (2017): 1354856517714954.
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Fanhackers • Going on right now: Fan Studies Network Conference...
Going on right now: Fan Studies Network Conference 2017

Your Fanhackers mods elmyra and Nele are in Huddersfield this weekend for the Fan Studies Network Conference 2017. Keep an eye on the #FSN2017 Twitter hashtag and the @fanhackers Twitter account for live updates from the conference.
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Fanhackers • transformativeworksandcultures:Vol 24 (2017):...
transformativeworksandcultures: Vol 24 (2017): Special Issue...
transformativeworksandcultures:

Vol 24 (2017): Special Issue Queer Female Fandom

Edited by Julie Levin Russo and Eve Ng

Table of Content

Editorial
Eve Ng and Julie Levin Russo Envisioning queer female fandomTheory
Eve Ng, Between text, paratext, and context: Queerbaiting and the contemporary media landscape
Rukmini Pande and Swati Moitra, “Yes, the Evil Queen is Latina!”: Racial dynamics of online femslash fandomsPraxis
Jing (Jamie) Zhao, Queerly imagining Super Girl in an alternate world: The fannish worlding in FSCN femslash romance
Ria Narai, Female-centered fan fiction as homoaffection in fan communities
Faithe Day and Aymar Jean Christian, Locating black queer TV: Fans, producers, and networked publics on YouTube
Kelsey Cameron, Constructing queer female cyberspace: The L Word fandom and Autostraddle.comMultimedia
Julie Levin Russo, Femslash goggles: Fan vids with commentary by creatorsSymposium
Mel Stanfill, Where the femslashers are: Media on the lesbian continuum
Lucy Irene Baker, The surface of women
Erica Friedman, On defining yuri
Elaine Han Lin, Unseen international music idol femslash
Tanya D. Zuk, Coming out on Grey’s Anatomy: Industry scandal, constructing a lesbian story line, and fan action
Victoria Serafini, Bisexual erasure in queer sci-fi “utopias”
Sandra Strauch, Once Upon a Time in queer fandomReview
Allison McCracken, By any media necessary: The new youth activism, by Henry Jenkins et al.
Alice Marwick, Girls’ feminist blogging in a postfeminist age, by Jessalyn Keller
Nicolle Lamerichs, International perspectives on shojo and shojo manga, edited by Masami TokuTransformative Works and Cultures (TWC), ISSN 1941-2258, is an online-only Gold Open Access publication of the nonprofit Organization for Transformative Works. TWC is a member of DOAJ. Contact the Editor with questions.
Image credit: Kelsey Showalter, http://ift.tt/2rCwrGD.

New issue of TWC! As per usual, we’ll be posting choice quotes from the new articles in the next weeks.
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Fanhackers • In the romance, the imperative “Love!” can be...
"In the romance, the imperative “Love!” can be fleshed out into nine key elements that are always..." “In the romance, the imperative “Love!” can be fleshed out into nine key elements that are always present, even if only implied. These essential elements of the romantic love story are (1) IT IS HARD TO BE ALONE, especially (2) as a WOMAN IN A MAN’S WORLD, but (3) romance helps as a RELIGION OF LOVE, even though it involves (4) HARD WORK and (5) RISK, because it leads to (6) HEALING, (7) GREAT SEX, and (8) HAPPINESS, and it (9) LEVELS THE PLAYING FIELD for women.”
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Roach, C. M. (2016). Happily Ever After: The Romance Story in Popular Culture. Indiana University Press.

Permit me a further digression into popular romance studies this week. This quote is from a recent book by academic and romance novel author Catherine M. Roach/Catherine LaRoche.

There’s an amusing feature of popular romance studies where everyone tries to break down the romance novel into a number of key structural elements: Radway has them (and I promise I’ll show you hers too), Regis has them, and Catherine Roach has them. And of course, everyone’s breakdown is different, emphasising different aspects of the romance story.

Roach’s main argument, built around the nine core elements she identifies above, is that romance novels have a contradictory message for women: “You can’t fight the patriarchy/You must fight the patriarchy”. This message, grounded in the themes of love, hard work, risk, and healing, creates a space within which women can process the challenges and contradictions patriarchy poses to them in their day-to-day lives.

Roach’s book is interesting for a number of reasons. Like many popular romance researchers, she looks at both the romance texts and their readers, but unlike most, she also looks at the production side of things: who writes and publishes romance novels? How and why? Becoming a romance novel author was part of her research method, and it makes for entertaining reading, as chapters in the book alternate between the (very accessible) academic and a much more informal “overly confessional” approach narrating Roach’s experience as a reader and writer of romance novels.
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Fanhackers • While many people think fanfiction is about...
"While many people think fanfiction is about inserting sex into texts (like Tolkien’s) where it..." “While many people think fanfiction is about inserting sex into texts (like Tolkien’s) where it doesn’t belong, Brancher sees it differently: “I was desperate to read about sex that included great friendship; I was repurposing Tolkien’s text in order to do that. It wasn’t that friendship needed to be sexualized, it was that erotica needed to be … friendship-ized.” Many fanfiction writers write about sex in conjunction with beloved texts and characters not because they think those texts are incomplete, but because they’re looking for stories where sex is profound and meaningful. This is part of what makes fan fiction different from pornography: unlike pornography, fanfic features characters we already care deeply about, and who tend to already have long-standing and complex relationships with each other. It’s a genre of sexual subjectification: the very opposite of objectification. It’s benefits with friendship.”
- Francesca Coppa, “Introduction to The Dwarf’s Tale,” The Fanfiction Reader (via rembrandtswife)
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Fanhackers • Russ, J. (1983). How to suppress women’s writing....
Russ, J. (1983). How to suppress women’s writing....
Russ, J. (1983). How to suppress women’s writing. University of Texas Press.
The cover of Russ’s book does an excellent job of summarising its main argument: that women’s writing is deliberately devalued in a range of ways. It’s on the wrong subject matter, it’s the wrong genre, it’s morally objetionable, it’s not proper art. In 1983 Russ wasn’t writing specifically about fan fiction (yet), but fan fiction readers and writers will recognise these tactics employed against them. “She wrote about men banging! And it most definitely isn’t art - it’s derivative and unoriginal!”

One of my favourite moments in the book comes towards the end, when after some self-reflection Russ realises that she and other white women within academia and the feminist movement have been employing exactly the same tactics to devalue Black women’s writing. With recent debates on race in both fandom and Fan Studies, this powerful moment of realisation is worth keeping in mind.

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The cover of How to suppress women’s writing by Joanna Russ, which consists of the following text:

She didn’t write it. But if it’s clear she did the deed… She wrote it but she shouldn’t have. (It’s political, sexual, masculine, feminist.) She wrote it, but look what she wrote about. (The bedroom, the kitchen, her family. Other women!) She wrote it, but she wrote only one of it. (“Jane Eyre. Poor dear, that’s all she ever… “) She wrote it, but she isn’t really an artist, and it isn’t really art. (It’s a thriller, a romance, a children’s book. It’s sci fi!) She wrote it, but she had help. (Robert Browning. Branwell Brontë. Her own “masculine side.”) She wrote it, but she’s an anomaly. (Woolf. With Leonard’s help…) She wrote it BUT
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Fanhackers • The Internet has fueled a massive amount of...
The Internet has fueled a massive amount of creativity, from the...

The Internet has fueled a massive amount of creativity, from the silly to the profound. Information scientist and copyright advocate Casey Fiesler talks about her experiences as a remixer, including how her feminist remix of a Barbie book went viral and taught the world a lesson about women in tech. She argues for the importance of protecting rather than suppressing creative forms of critique, and lays out how copyright law when used as intended can help keep the Internet awesome. 

A very accessible talk about copyright and online creativity, including fanworks, by academic Casey Fiesler. She discusses how copyright law wasn’t written to deal with the internet, how this causes intense confusion about how copyright law applies to remix works, and how that confusion can stifle online speech by fans.

If you hear something you like, read about the details in Fiesler’s work on fandom, copyright, feminism, the AO3 and so on in the Fan Studies Bibliography. Most of the papers are open access (=no paywall).
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Fanhackers • Call for Papers: Edited Collection on Race in...
Call for Papers: Edited Collection on Race in Fandom Call for Papers: Edited Collection on Race in Fandom:

Call for papers with deadline (technically) today. Collection editor Rukmini Pande says on Twitter:

#RaceInFandom abstracts have been super exciting but still looking to fill some gaps! Latinx and Asian fans/fandoms are under-repped atm

and

Please do get in touch if you have an idea! I can extend the deadline for a bit!
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Fanhackers • maptowhereialreadyam said: The link to Kellye...
maptowhereialreadyam said: The link to Kellye Guinan’s paper is broken, FYI.Should be fixed now,...

maptowhereialreadyam said: The link to Kellye Guinan’s paper is broken, FYI.

Should be fixed now, thanks for pointing that out! It was Tumblr doing unfortunate things with the periods at the end of the URLs.
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Fanhackers • I'm not entirely sure if this is the right place...
I'm not entirely sure if this is the right place to ask, but is there any work on copyright disclaimers being used/not used by fan artists instead of fanficcers? Please and thank you!

Does anyone know of this kind of research? We’re aware of quite a few articles that discuss disclaimers on fics at least briefly, but nothing specifically about disclaimers on fan art.
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Fanhackers • Justice Scalia’s uncredited borrowing from a...
"Justice Scalia’s uncredited borrowing from a party’s legal brief escapes condemnation because the..." “Justice Scalia’s uncredited borrowing from a party’s legal brief escapes condemnation because the social context of his copying makes him a jurist, not a plagiarist. Similarly, fan creations, even without disclaimers, usually announce their unauthorized status so clearly through context that no deception is likely.”
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Tushnet, R. (2007). Copyright law, fan practices, and the rights of the author. In Gray, J. A., Sandvoss, C., & Harrington, C. L. (Eds.). Fandom: Identities and communities in a mediated world. NYU Press.

Glorious snark about Supreme Court justices aside, this piece provides a useful timestamp in the evolution of fannish, scholarly, and legal thinking on issues of intellectual property, copyright, and transformative work. Tushnet traces the history and decline of the use of disclaimers on fan works, and the emergence of the idea of fan works as transformative rather than infringing. She makes a strong argument for the “fair use” view of fan works that we are now so familiar with. Whether you remember the bad old days from personal experience or wonder why some people still put disclaimers on their fic, this essay is a good introduction to the issues and a reflection of the state of thinking at a pivotal point in fannish history.
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Fanhackers • "Vidding" documentaries (2008)
"Vidding" documentaries (2008) "Vidding" documentaries (2008):

Vidding (2008) is a series of six short documentaries produced by the Organization for Transformative Works for inclusion in the Learning Library of MIT’s New Media Literacies project. These films are part of a larger group of documentaries on remix culture, and the whole series is aimed at middle and high schoolers for inclusion in classrooms and after school programs. We hope they will also serve to introduce the art of vidding to a larger public.

The six parts of Vidding include: What is Vidding? (2:48), Technology and Tools (3:09), Good Vids, Bad Vids (3:18), I like to watch (3:19), Collaboration and Community (3:03), Why We Vid (3:50). They were directed by Francesca Coppa and edited by Laura Shapiro. Sound editing was done by AbsoluteDestiny. You can watch them here or in the MIT/NML Learning Library, where you can also see videos about cosplay, mashups, DJing, and other forms of remix culture. (From the page)
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Fanhackers • In this way, machinima, at its core, is not...
"In this way, machinima, at its core, is not markedly different than vids. What truly differentiates..." “In this way, machinima, at its core, is not markedly different than vids. What truly differentiates machinima from vids are how each genre is perceived, evaluated and categorized within mainstream culture and its analysis within the academic community. This difference in evaluation is rooted, again, with cultural constructions of masculinity
and femininity that align technology, material production and work in the public sphere with masculinity and function to marginalize the labor, interests and concerns of women by associating them with the private, symbolic and bodily.”
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Hampton, Darlene Rose. 2010. “Beyond Resistance: Gender, Performance, and Fannish Practice in Digital Culture.”

Really interesting look at how two forms of fan-made video (vids and machinima) are perceived differently based on the (assumed) gender of their creators.
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Fanhackers • Women’s childcare responsibilities not only...
"Women’s childcare responsibilities not only restrict their attendance at sport, but when children..." “Women’s childcare responsibilities not only restrict their attendance at sport, but when children are taken along in family units to sport events, women continue to be marginalized by the expectation that they will perform the role of primary carer in these public settings.”
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Gosling, V. K. (2007). Girls allowed?: the marginalization of female sport fans. In Gray, J. A., Sandvoss, C., & Harrington, C. L. (Eds.). Fandom: Identities and communities in a mediated world. NYU Press.

This chapter provides a really handy overview of academic research and literature up to 2007 on women sports fans and the marginalisation they experience. It’s a great first step for anyone looking to understand the issues, with lots of useful references to other research.
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Fanhackers • Many (New York Times) articles frame fanfiction as...
"Many (New York Times) articles frame fanfiction as yet another aspect of these media brands. As..." “Many (New York Times) articles frame fanfiction as yet another aspect of these media brands. As Stuart Elliot (2005) notes: “[I]f you like the TV show, why not buy the fra- grance? Wear the jewelry? Read the book? Join other fans online to help write an episode?” (7). Due to corporations “co-opting” and “encouraging” fanfiction, participants in fanfiction communities have become “brand ambassadors” (Elliott 2005, 7), similar to the walking billboards of brand name clothing and logo-as-fashion (Stelter 2008).”
- Drew Emanuel Berkowitz, Framing the Future of Fanfiction: How The New York Times’ Portrayal of a Youth Media Subculture Influences Beliefs about Media Literacy Education, p205
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Fanhackers • And let’s not pride ourselves on the monogamy,...
"And let’s not pride ourselves on the monogamy, either; this is another patriarchal imposition which..." “And let’s not pride ourselves on the monogamy, either; this is another patriarchal imposition which women have sexualized - in fact I believe it can be seen in the K/S [Kirk/Spock] material (as in the romances) as a metaphor for intensity. The telepathic union can also be read as a way of expressing intensity and completeness, not duration, but here too sexual expression waits on ‘love’ while desire, by itself is not enough. Again I think we’re dealing with a sexualization of the feminine condition.”
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Russ, J. (1985). Pornography By Women For Women, With Love. In Magic Mommas, Trembling Sisters, Puritans & Perverts: Feminist Essays (pp. 79–99). Trumansberg, NY: The Crossing Press.

Like Lamb & Veith’s essay, this is a very early piece of fan studies writing and engagement with slash as a topic of study. As the title of the piece says, Russ views slash as “pornography by women, for women, with love”, thereby kickstarting a whole sub-branch of research on slash that seeks to map out its relationship to both porn and romance novels. Russ agrees with Lamb & Veith that slash, through depicting same-gender relationships, levels the playing field. But she also casts a critical eye over the genre, pointing out tropes where it romanticises and sexualises the constraints patriarchy puts on women.
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Fanhackers • stitchmediamix: This is a narrated PowerPoint of...
stitchmediamix: This is a narrated PowerPoint of the...
stitchmediamix:

This is a narrated PowerPoint of the presentation I gave at the last Fan Studies panel at PCAACA 2017 April 15, 2017 since many people missed out on a chance to attend!

(I’ll update this with links to relatively required reading material!)
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Fanhackers • In seeking to separate Benoit’s celebrity and...
"In seeking to separate Benoit’s celebrity and personal personas, some fans find the process easy...." “In seeking to separate Benoit’s celebrity and personal personas, some fans find the process easy. Respondent 710 notes: ‘I still remember him as one of the best workers of all time who had mental problems that led to his demise. I can easily separate the man and the wrestler.’ For others, the process is slightly more arduous. Respondent 14, for instance, notes that in working through his grief ‘I try to separate the man and the worker’, with Respondent 25 adding that ‘I’m starting to separate the character of Chris Benoit from the man, but it is still difficult to watch him … you know what he did and that is a hard pill to swallow’. Yet regardless of whether the separation of Benoit’s personas is easy or difficult for the individual, significantly it is a conscious and selective process.”
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Phillips, T. (2015). Wrestling with grief: fan negotiation of professional/private personas in responses to the Chris Benoit double murder–suicide. Celebrity Studies, 6(1), 69-84.

In this paper, Tom Phillips investigates fans’ short- and long-term responses to celebrated wrestler Chris Benoit’s murder of his wife and child and subsequent suicide. He looks at issues of fannish grief and how it is shaped by official media narratives, as well as whether and how fans make distinctions between the public persona of a celebrity and their private self.
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Fanhackers • List of openly accessible fan culture and popular...
List of openly accessible fan culture and popular culture studies journals List of openly accessible fan culture and popular culture studies journals:

The list is in French, but the journals listed are all in English, and they’re all free to access for anyone. Excellent resource.
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Fanhackers • excerpt from videlicet
excerpt from videlicet
limblogs:

http://ift.tt/2pUgWwQ

OK so lemme expand a sec on matching.

So right now Fool For Love is playing in the other room; let’s break that
down briefly. The scene is Spike telling Buffy about killing his last
slayer and it’s a good example because it’s two fights cut together,
into one, explicitly, so it’s easier to really see the matches.
They are showing you the matches. The scenes are stitched together
through these motion matches until they occupy the same space. By the eyeline match, they can have 70s Spike addressing 2000s Buffy and it’s perfectly coherent.

Consider that these two scenes are really four scenes - that all
fight scenes are really shot as (at least two) separate scenes cut
together because the actors and the stunt doubles both act out the
scenes and then their motions are matched and cut together to form one
percept.

Now realise ALL continuity editing does this - even in the same scene with the same actors. You can connect any clip to any other clip, from anything, so long as there’s some continuity of form: in shape, colour, motion, eyeline…

Which reminds me, in Pteryx’s interview she talks about the Buffy titles, which have to be acknowledged as massively influential on vidding*.

Just spend some time watching these credits and look for motion matches,
graphic matches. This is like that, this is like that. Once you start
seeing them you’ll notice this all over.

Dawn’s eyebrow takes up the motion line. The motion builds a tangible space by bouncing itself against “walls”. 

Watch it again with another eyebrow follow-through. Dawn is the key. :P 

See how the motion moves one way and then resolves back: the conceptual “room” must have some limits, some rigid bodies and colliders
Swing the pendulum. Trace the arc

*As well as the Friends titles; I mean, the Friends titles basically
slowly teach you how to edit (very simply) to music- they start off with
the characters literally dancing to the music and then gradually over the years
replace each dance move with a clip from the show that dances in a
similar way. There’s a reason making Friends Style Credits is a gateway
drug.

http://ift.tt/2p6TMAK
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Fanhackers • Crip Fanfiction Research
Crip Fanfiction Research Crip Fanfiction Research:

Spotlighting some research in progress today. Cath Duchastel’s ongoing PhD research into disabled fans in online fanfiction communities looks at five key questions:

1. Are disabled fans contributing to the critical examination of disabled characters in fandoms and fanfiction?
2. Are disabled fans contributing to fostering discussion among fans about ablesim, web and other forms of accessibility, and the means by which disability oppression manifest?
3. Why have certain online fanfiction spaces welcomed disabled people whereas so many others have not?
4. What roles are the technological affordances and practices of digital media and technologies playing in the development of fanfiction communities as spaces where disability is present?
5. What insight can fanfiction as a creative practice offer about how and why cultural representation impacts agency and facilitates political participation and lasting social change?

One of Cath’s mini-projects is tracking of disability-related tags on AO3 over six months, and she is planning to put the results of this up on her website.
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Fanhackers • Literary references abound in judicial opinions....
"Literary references abound in judicial opinions. There are thousands of them, including a..." “Literary references abound in judicial opinions. There are thousands of them, including a substantial set of references to Sherlock Holmes. Within that Sherlockian set, there is an intriguing little subset: cases in which judges permit, endorse, or command engagement by other participants in the legal system in something that sounds a bit like Sherlockian role-playing. Are these judges—as they instruct or encourage—teaching participants in the legal system to be Sherlockians? Whatever the judges’ intentions, their messages ought, at the very least, to resonate with scholars and teachers who advocate for fandom in education.”
- Davies, Ross E. 2017. “The Fan-Judges: Clues to a Jurisculture of Sherlockian Fandom.” In “Sherlock Holmes Fandom, Sherlockiana, and the Great Game,” edited by Betsy Rosenblatt and Roberta Pearson, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 23.
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Fanhackers • People called it “knotting au” or something to...
"People called it “knotting au” or something to that effect, and/or listed/tagged it with..." “People called it “knotting au” or something to that effect, and/or listed/tagged it with a series of tropes that made explicit (heh, explicit) what they meant. There wasn’t a fixed set of tropes. Because it spread via anon fic memes, the tropes featured in each fic depended on what the prompter suggested and on what the writer made of those requests. So some prompter could ask for “knotting au, heat, bonding, impregnation,” and different writers could take all of those tropes into account, or pick and choose which ones they wanted to tackle and/or add different ones. Other prompters would call for a different, more or less overlapping, set of tropes and so on. And the same prompt (the setting/premise) could be spun into very diverse directions. There was a fluidity to it that became a hallmark of the genre, so that each iteration could bring forth a new variation.”
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Netweight (2013). The Nonnies Made Them Do It!

Have you ever looked at the Alpha/Beta/Omega Dynamics tag on AO3 and wondered how on earth we got here? Netweight has the answer, and the answer is Supernatural anon kinkmemes! In this meticulously researched piece of fannish meta, netweight traces the history of what eventually came to be known as A/B/O from its murky origins in some of Supernatural fandom’s anonymous online spaces, to being named, to hopping the fandom boundary and becoming the cross-fandom shared universe phenomenon it is today. She provides plenty of context for those of us who aren’t in SPN fandom, lots of links to primary sources, a bunch of useful timelines, as well as some good caveats on the limitations of the research. “The nonnies made them do it!” is a great effort to document and preserve a piece of fannish history which has puzzled many fans and fan studies scholars alike.
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Fanhackers • Many people, encountering fanfiction for the first...
"Many people, encountering fanfiction for the first time, wonder why so much of it is erotic. Anne..." “Many people, encountering fanfiction for the first time, wonder why so much of it is erotic. Anne Jamison, in Fic, gives a pretty good answer: a lot of fanfiction questions mainstream assumptions about gender, sexuality, and desire. But writing erotic fanfiction is also a wonderful game. The fanfiction community might be the first place where a woman is encouraged to enjoy her sexual fantasies and praised for the dirtiness of her imagination. Writing and reading fanfiction is a social, communal activity, and considering how much shame is still attached to the expression of female sexual desire (what’s so funny about it?) the creation of shared erotic fantasies is still radical.”
- Introduction to The Communications Officer’s Tale, The Fanfiction Reader: Folk Tales for the Digital Age (via francescacoppa)
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Fanhackers • Eventually many of us then have the Moment. It...
"Eventually many of us then have the Moment. It happens when we realize that we are not alone and..." “Eventually many of us then have the Moment. It happens when we realize that we are not alone and that others ask the same questions about the Sherlockian canon, puzzle over the same inconsistencies…and actually write about them…The learned articles, fascinating discourse, and impeccable research are immediately addicting. If others can do this, so can we.”
- Solberg, Andrew L., and Robert S. Katz. 2017. “Fandom, Publishing, and Playing the Grand Game.” In “Sherlock Holmes Fandom, Sherlockiana, and the Great Game,” edited by Betsy Rosenblatt and Roberta Pearson, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 23.
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Fanhackers • By integrally linking the publication and...
"By integrally linking the publication and advertising strategies of his two major periodicals,..." “By integrally linking the publication and advertising strategies of his two major periodicals, proprietor and editor George Newnes manufactured one of the most vibrant literary fandoms in history.”
- McClellan, Ann K. 2017. “Tit-Bits, New Journalism, and Early Sherlock Holmes Fandom.” In “Sherlock Holmes Fandom, Sherlockiana, and the Great Game,” edited by Betsy Rosenblatt and Roberta Pearson, special issue, “Transformative Works and Cultures,” no. 23. http://ift.tt/2nEyWGx
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Fanhackers • Being a fan means doing life in a certain way. It...
"Being a fan means doing life in a certain way. It means being passionate. It means being playful. It..." “Being a fan means doing life in a certain way. It means being passionate. It means being playful. It means being creative and engaged. It means obsession and flailing. All of these perceived affordances of fandom are tied to norms, ideals, and practices, and these are again tied to self-reflections about age and their associated appropriateness. I argue that fandom, as a mediatized cultural practice, is transformative and thus has the potential to shape understandings of subjective age for its participants.”
- Petersen, Line Nybro. 2017. “‘The Florals’: Female Fans over 50 in Sherlock Fandom.” In “Sherlock Holmes Fandom, Sherlockiana, and the Great Game,” edited by Betsy Rosenblatt and Roberta Pearson, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 23.
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Fanhackers • The Fanfiction Reader: Folk Tales for the Digital...
The Fanfiction Reader: Folk Tales for the Digital Age The Fanfiction Reader: Folk Tales for the Digital Age:

francescacoppa:

Ta-da!  Straight from its debut this weekend in Chicago at SCMS 2017! 

The Fanfiction Reader: Folk Tales for the Digital Age is a collection of fanfiction stories from a variety of big western media fandoms - Star Trek, Star Wars, X-Files, Buffy, Doctor Who, HP, MCU, popslash, etc. vaguely modeled on The Canterbury Tales - each with a contextualizing essay by me and featuring introductions and other scholarly apparatus also by me. 

This book was designed for classroom use - for teachers who want to teach a class or a unit on fanfiction (see a list of some current classes here at Fanlore) without sending their students to the wilds of the internet (and/or without bothering fanfiction-writing fans.)  The stories were selected to represent a range of tropes and themes and also for their teachability. 

The book was also created as a case study in transformative fair use; it was put together for an educational purpose and published with a non-profit scholarly press; all of the stories in this book remain available for free on the internet in their original archives; all royalties from the book are being donated to the Organization For Transformative Works & the Archive of Our Own. 

A note to teachers: ordered together with The Fan Fiction Studies Reader (U. Iowa,  2014) or Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over The World  (Smartpop, 2013), you have a course in a bottle: everything for your fanfic-teaching needs!

A note to fandom: This book is aimed at the classroom, not at fandom, though I have tried to write as fannish an academic book as possible & one with at least some of the spirit. (Also: I totally didn’t write that book copy up there about 50 Shades of Gray, I’m just saying. :D They don’t ask me about the book copy!)

The Fanfiction Reader is also available at Amazon.com or directly from the University of Michigan website, which was distributing a 30% off code at SCMS that is good until April 26, 2016: UMSCMS17. (Shout out to U. Michigan Press for their support of fandom, open access, and fair use.) Or there’s a big chunk available on Googlebooks if you just want to see what the hell the thing is.  
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Fanhackers • SCMS Fan and Audience Studies Scholarly Interest...
SCMS Fan and Audience Studies Scholarly Interest Group
tea-and-liminality:

faassig:

This is the tumblr for the Fan and Audience Studies Scholarly Interest Group (SIG) of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, intended as a scholar-fandom interface for anyone interested in fan and audience studies. Please feel free to follow!

So, this is me (and others as they participate), and I just wanted to invite anyone interested in fan studies to follow. I’m hoping to make this - as I wrote above - a kind of fan-scholar interface; that is, to disseminate stuff scholars are working on and just generally help give a better idea of what fan studies actually is and what we do. Welcome!
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Fanhackers • [F]or as long as there has been a Sherlock Holmes...
"[F]or as long as there has been a Sherlock Holmes there have been judges who would be comfortable..." “[F]or as long as there has been a Sherlock Holmes there have been judges who would be comfortable seeing more rather than less of him in their own courtrooms.”
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Davies, Ross E. 2017. “The Fan-Judges: Clues to a Jurisculture of Sherlockian Fandom.” In “Sherlock Holmes Fandom, Sherlockiana, and the Great Game,” edited by Betsy Rosenblatt and Roberta Pearson, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 23.

In this piece from the Transformative Works and Cultures special issue on Sherlock Holmes fandom, Ross Davies asks to what extent judges who cite Sherlock Holmes in their opinions, or encourage others in their courtroom to adopt a Sherlockian approach, are encouraging people to engage in fannish behaviour. Davies gives three examples of judges permitting, endorsing, or even commanding Sherlockian behaviour from people in their courtroom - for instance requiring an expert witness to reveal their methodology much like Sherlock explains his to Watson. He argues that the judges who do this must expect that the people they are addressing will be at least familiar - or willing to engage - with Sherlock Holmes. This in turn fosters a kind of Sherlcok Holmes fandom among participants in the legal process.
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Fanhackers • There are many different Japanese fan cultures, of...
"There are many different Japanese fan cultures, of course, and some are themselves more culturally..." “There are many different Japanese fan cultures, of course, and some are themselves more culturally legitimated than others. Yet even in the case of otaku and fujoshi fan cultures—the former roughly equivalent to American geek culture, and the latter to English-language slash communities—we see slippage between fan and producer subjectivities.”
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Morimoto, Lori. 2017. “Sherlock (Holmes) in Japanese (Fan) Works.” In “Sherlock Holmes Fandom, Sherlockiana, and the Great Game,” edited by Betsy Rosenblatt and Roberta Pearson, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 23. 

I like this quote partly because it reminds me of how infernally difficult it is to put a name on any kind of fandom/fan community. Take “English-language slash communities.” This is certainly a much better term than things like the dreaded “Western fandom” or “Japanese fandom,” ridiculous concepts that mean absolutely nothing. The use of a plural–cultures, communities–is also a good way to hint at more diversity. 

Still, especially to people in such communities, it’s clear that the concept of “slash communities” has its own issues. To name just one, it pins people down according to the kind of content they favor, but many people in these communities will write/read non-slash works as well. They’re “crossover individuals” between different content-based communities. But what about groups of fans who hang out together no matter what content any of them are currently focusing on (to give just one example)? That’s a very common and meaningful way for fans to interact. How do you name that kind of community? More broadly, how can you put a proper focus on human interactions between fans, when so many naming conventions for groups of fans focus on the kind of content people produce?

And now we’ve arrived at the “What makes a community” discussion, so time for me to run away screaming.
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Fanhackers • Going on right now: fan studies tweets from...
Going on right now: fan studies tweets from the SCMS conference

fanhackers:

The 2017 conference of the Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) is underway in Chicago until March 26th. SCMS is massive, and like every year, it features many great panels on the latest fan studies research. 

Definitely check out #FaAS, the Twitter hashtag of the SCMS Fan and Audience Studies Scholarly Interest Group, which brings the latest from all eight fan studies panels:

Chinese Queer Fan Cultures

Unsanctioned Television Access

“Stop Bringing Race Into This”

Poaching Politics

Connected Viewing

Public Life of Cinema in East Asia 3: Unexpected Audiences

Fandom and Merchandising

Teaching with Fan Video workshop

The group also has a tumblr.

Teaching with Fan Video workshop being tweeted now!
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Fanhackers • Going on right now: fan studies tweets from...
Going on right now: fan studies tweets from the SCMS conference

fanhackers:

The 2017 conference of the Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) is underway in Chicago until March 26th. SCMS is massive, and like every year, it features many great panels on the latest fan studies research. 

Definitely check out #FaAS, the Twitter hashtag of the SCMS Fan and Audience Studies Scholarly Interest Group, which brings the latest from all eight fan studies panels:

Chinese Queer Fan Cultures

Unsanctioned Television Access

“Stop Bringing Race Into This”

Poaching Politics

Connected Viewing

Public Life of Cinema in East Asia 3: Unexpected Audiences

Fandom and Merchandising

Teaching with Fan Video workshop

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Fanhackers • It’s impossible to read the Sherlock Holmes...
"It’s impossible to read the Sherlock Holmes stories without thinking about the inconsistencies..." “It’s impossible to read the Sherlock Holmes stories without thinking about the inconsistencies that make these tales unique in literature. Realizing that others wrote about these issues with the same passion that we felt was all the incentive it took to start us on a lifetime of research and publishing. There are many stories of crime and detection by other authors, with interesting plots and colorful characters. But none of them constitutes a chronicle spanning 40 years of one man’s life, and none has spawned as vast a literature as that surrounding the Holmes canon. When it comes to Sherlock Holmes, being a fan and being a writer are almost inseparable.”
- Solberg, Andrew L., and Robert S. Katz. 2017. “Fandom, Publishing, and Playing the Grand Game.” In “Sherlock Holmes Fandom, Sherlockiana, and the Great Game,” edited by Betsy Rosenblatt and Roberta Pearson, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 23.
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Fanhackers • The newer fans’ language is perhaps less measured...
"The newer fans’ language is perhaps less measured (and certainly more concise) than that of..." “The newer fans’ language is perhaps less measured (and certainly more concise) than that of early Sherlockians, but it carries the same fundamental sentiment: that, regardless of the legal merits (or lack thereof) of their claims, those asserting legal objections to fandom are morally wrong.”
- Rosenblatt, Betsy. 2017. “The Great Game and the Copyright Villain.” In “Sherlock Holmes Fandom, Sherlockiana, and the Great Game,” edited by Betsy Rosenblatt and Roberta Pearson, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 23.
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Fanhackers • Lamb, P. F., & Veith, D. L. (1986). Romantic myth,...
Lamb, P. F., & Veith, D. L. (1986). Romantic myth,...
Lamb, P. F., & Veith, D. L. (1986). Romantic myth, transcendence, and Star Trek zines. Erotic universe: Sexuality and fantastic literature, 235-55.

One of the earliest pieces of research published about fan fiction, Lamb and Veith’s essay is a first crack at answering the foundational question of fan studies: why do straight women read and write about men banging? Lamb and Veith focus their analysis on Kirk/Spock slash. They argue that in fan fiction, rather than being presented as masculine, both characters become androgynous by acquiring both typically masculine and typically feminine characteristics, which often complement each other. By removing gender differences from the equation, fan fiction writers are free to explore relationships which are genuinely equal and unencumbered by power dynamics.

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A table reproduced from Lamb and Veith’s essay outlining the different feminine and masculine characteristics given to Kirk and Spock in K/S fan fiction.

Kirk feminine qualities: Femininely “beautiful”; shorter, physically weaker; emotional; intuitive; sensuous, engages in much physical touching; verbal; evokes powerful emotional responses from others

Spock masculine qualities: Masculinely rugged; taller, more powerful; logical; rational; controlled, physically distant; reticent; keeps others at a distance

Kirk masculine qualities: Sexually ready at all times; is undisputed leader, initiator of action; is the “real” or “norm”, always at home; is fulfilled prior to Spock, only with acceptance of the bond is he firmly united with Spock; Spock complements his “at-homeness”; is sexually promiscuous (Spock assures his fidelity); is usually the seducer

Spock feminine qualities: Sexually controlled (except during his Vulcan mating cycle); needs to be led, follows Kirk into action; is the “alien” or “other”, always the “outsider”; is fulfilled only with Kirk; felt one-sided fidelity to Kirk even before the bond; needs Kirk for full identity; a virgin until marriage, he exhibits absolute monogamy after marriage; is usually seduced, but once unleashed his sexuality is very powerful
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Fanhackers • When it comes to many online fandoms, whether they...
"When it comes to many online fandoms, whether they are for a TV show, book, or movie, at their heart..." “When it comes to many online fandoms, whether they are for a TV show, book, or movie, at their heart lies one thing: storytelling. Fans who have formed online communities around their fandoms may like the fandom’s object of focus for different reasons, but ultimately, regardless of its medium, it is something that was designed to tell a story. Even non-media-based fandoms, which might not readily seem like “storytelling” fandoms have significant storytelling elements; consider the Boston Red Sox fandom and the narrative of the “Curse of the Bambino.” This legendary bit of fan lore, which essentially states that the Boston Red Sox did not win a World Series for 86 years because they traded Babe Ruth in 1919, is a compelling narrative. So compelling, in fact, that Red Sox fans have used it as an emotional coping mechanism when their team comes up short (Prakash 2004). Stories help us make sense of what happens in life, whether it is as simple as a baseball team losing a game or something more profound such as the death of a loved one.”
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 Heiden, Kat. 2017. “Storytelling through Online Fandom.”

I love it when research on media fandom touches upon sports fandom as well. Those kinds of fandoms are still often researched separately, but not always for good or obvious reasons. There’s a lot more crossover these days, for example research on soccer, hockey, etc fanworks. Check out more research on sports fandom here.
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