Fanfiction and the Transgression of Fandom Communities
Fanfiction, i.e. stories written online by fans, is often characterized as transgressive by the fans who write it and by those who are familiar with the phenomena. This paper attempts to understand what about fanfiction gives rise to this transgression. The first section of this paper, the Literature Review, gives an overview of existing literature on the topic and shows the ways in it has not been very successful in its portrayal of fans and in its study of fanfiction. The Methodology theorizes transgression and the fandom community from which fanfiction arises. The Overview delves into the types of fanfiction that one encounters and shows the ways in which such types of fanfiction are transgressive. I will then examine about three fanfiction stories as case studies to demonstrate the transgression I have claimed to be characteristic of fanfiction in the previous sections.
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service Qatar (SFS-Q)
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