New issue posted today, and several essays/interviews/reviews that may be of interest to people here:
Redefining gender swap fan fiction: A Sherlock case study – Ann McClellan
Bull in a china shop: Alternate Reality games and transgressive fan play in social media franchises – Burcu Bakiolgu (phdfan, this might interest you?)
Twinship, incest, and twincest in the Harry Potter universe – Vera Cuntz-Leng
Queer encounters between Iron Man and Chinese boy’s love fandom – John Wei
Fan fiction metadata creation and utilization within fan fiction archives: Three primary models – Shannon Fay Johnson (destinationtoast, this might be of interest?)
Fan fiction and midrash: Making meaning – Rachel Barenblat
Wordplay, mindplay: Fan fiction and postclassical narratology – Veerle Van Steenhuyse
Fandom and the fourth wall – Jenna Kathryn Ballinger
Exploring fandom, social media, and producer/fan interactions: An interview with Sleepy Hollow’s Orlando Jones – Lucy Bennett and Bertha Chin
And much more! Check it out – this is FREE. OPEN ACCESS. Read! Enjoy! :)
The OTW blog shines a spotlight on the academic fan studies journal TWC. Excerpt:
What gets you excited about academic studies in fandom?
“Here’s what I’m excited about,” said Karen Hellekson in 2008: “an academic journal that welcomes, instead of rejects or overtly mocks, fan studies as a topic … that takes as a given the notion that fans provide something valuable to our culture that ought to be analyzed.”
That journal is Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC): run, peer-reviewed, edited, and supported by OTW members and fans like you.
TWC is a journal with contributions from fan studies scholars all over the world. Edited by Hellekson and Kristina Busse, TWC has produced 15 issues so far, featuring fascinating contributions in topics ranging fromfanvids to fan labor to Supernatural.
Here’s another reason to get excited: TWC is completely free to the public, and has been from the beginning. Academic journals are traditionally locked to people with university affiliations. Often you have to pay US$30 to $45 for access to a single article. But ours is an online-only Open Access Gold journal: free for the readers at the point of access. Plus, our Creative Commons copyright lets anyone reprint the essays for free. These are essential principles behind TWC, enabling its goal of connecting academics and fans through community and accessibility. That’s why the journal also has an open space for non-academic fans to chime in, through the Symposium section in every issue.
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