Fanfiction and the Author
Fanfiction and the Author
How Fanfic Changes Popular Cultural Texts
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Introduction Chapter 1: From Foucault to Fanfic Foucault and Language Fanfiction in the Academy Chapter 2: Methodology Discourse Analysis Internet Studies Sampling and Process Chapter 3: The White Man at the Centre of the World: Masculinity in Sherlock Introduction Masculinity in Sherlock Fandom's Reconstruction of Masculinity in Sherlock Chapter 4: 'I AM YOUR KING': Authority in Game of Thrones Introduction Authority in Game of Thrones Fandom's Reconstruction of Authority in Game of Thrones Chapter 5: 'I'm a God': The Author and the Writing Fan in Supernatural Introduction The Construction of Authorship and Fandom in Supernatural Fandom's Reconstruction of Authorship and Fandom Chapter 6: Conclusion Summary of Findings; Implications for Further Study Bibliography Index

Judith Fathallah

Fanfiction and the Author

How Fanfic Changes Popular Cultural Texts

The production, reception and discussion of fanfiction is a major aspect of contemporary global media. Thus far, however, the genre has been subject to relatively little rigorous qualitative or quantitative study-a problem that Judith M. Fathallah remedies here through close analysis of fanfiction related to Sherlock, Supernatural, and Game of Thrones. Her large-scale study of the sites, reception, and fan rejections of fanfic demonstrate how the genre works to legitimate itself through traditional notions of authorship, even as it deconstructs the author figure and contests traditional discourses of authority. Through a process she identifies as the 'legitimation paradox', Fathallah demonstrates how fanfic hooks into and modifies the discourse of authority, and so opens new spaces for writing that challenges the authority of media professionals.

Judith Fathallah

Judith M. Fathallah teaches media, and cultural studies at Bangor University in Wales. She is the author of several articles on fandom, TV Studies and popular culture.