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Fan Culture


Editor(s): Katherine Larsen, Lynn Zuberis

Book Description

Fan Culture: Theory/Practice brings together the most current scholarship on fan studies, in a way that makes it accessible and usable for both students and teachers. The essays in this collection explore the relative influence of academic and fan perspectives in the current group of scholar-fans and the ethical dilemmas that sometimes emerge from this interplay of identities, the impact of the increasingly reciprocal relationship between textual producers and consumers, and gender differences in fannish meaning-making and interaction. Fan Studies addresses these current issues through some of the most popular fannish texts, including Doctor Who, Torchwood, Star Wars, Star Trek, Supernatural, Smallville and Twilight.

Fan Culture: Theory/Practice is thus designed to challenge some accepted notions, while asking relevant questions about pedagogy. How do we understand the state of the field, and teach fan studies both effectively and responsibly? The essays contained in this volume explore the dominant themes in the field, and seek to situate fan studies as a discipline with a pedagogy of its own.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-3783-5
ISBN-10: 1-4438-3783-0
Date of Publication: 01/06/2012
Pages / Size: 260 / A5
Price: £39.99


Katherine Larsen teaches courses on fame, celebrity and fandom in the University Writing Program at George Washington University. She is the principal editor of the Journal of Fandom Studies. Lynn Zubernis is a clinical psychologist and teaches in the Counselor Education program at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Dr Zubernis and Dr Larsen are co-writers of the recently published Fandom at the Crossroads: Celebration, Shame and Fan/Producer Relationships, which examines the fandom surrounding the television series Supernatural. They have also published articles in Supernatural Magazine.