For my first Fanhackers posts, I want to (re)introduce you to some early works of fan studies that have shaped the discipline into what it is today and inspired the research of many scholars. Each post will be dedicated to a different author and explain some of the concepts they developed in their work. 

If you’re looking for an introduction to fan studies or would like to know how it all started, these posts are for you! Here are some of the books we’ll talk about in the next few weeks:

  • John Fiske, Television Culture (1987)
  • Henry Jenkins, Textual Poachers (1992)
  • Camille Bacon-Smith, Enterprising Women: Television Fandom and the Creation of Popular Myth (1991)
  • Lisa Lewis, The Adoring Audience: Fan Culture and Popular Media (1992)
  • Karen Hellekson and Kristina Busse, Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet (2006)
  • Jonathan Gray, Cornel Sandvoss, and C. Lee Harrington, eds. Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Mediated World (2007)

If there’s a particular book or author you’d like me to talk about, don’t hesitate to leave a comment!

The Classics of Fan Studies: Introduction Post
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