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Fan CULTure: Essays on Participatory Fandom in the 21st Century

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About the Author

Kristin M. Barton is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Communication at Dalton State College in Dalton, Georgia. He lives in Woodstock, Georgia.

Jonathan Malcolm Lampley, a prolific contributor to many popular-culture periodicals and publications, is a professor of English and film at Dalton State College in Georgia.

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  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (November 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786474181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786474189
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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By Taylor Ellwood VINE VOICE on July 30, 2014
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In this collection of essays, the authors share how fans interact with pop culture and corporations in order to keep their particular fan interests alive. There are three angles explored: Fan production, which shows how fans create content related to what love and how they get around potential corporate legal issues, the use of social media and how it effects fandom, and finally how fans influence the official content created by corporations. throughout all these essays, you'll get some fascinating insights into fan behavior and why fans do what they do as well as how it creates fan specific culture. Highly recommended if you are interested in pop culture studies or want to understand how fans effect pop culture production.
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Written mostly by early career academics, Fan CULTure is a series of case-studies of fandom as applied to a range of media texts drawn from mostly American media. They include DARK SHADOWS, THE X FILES, SUPERNATURAL and the LORD OF THE RINGS franchise. Other objects of fandom include Disneyland, Lego, and the NFL quarterback Tim Tebow.

The anthology begins with a survey of theoretical writing on Fan Studies, which has flourished in the academy since the late Nineties and has become well established. Most of the familiar frameworks are covered, including notions of cultural capital, connection, participation, self-expression (through online as well as text-based means), networking, fan fiction (and its increasing sophistication through digital modes of delivery), the manipulation of narrative space, the often contested relationships between fans and producers, copyright issues, identity construction, religion and ritual.

The case-studies make interesting reading in themselves, but unless readers are either fans of the subjects, or interested in the subjects as springboards for further case studies, FAN CULTURE might prove of limited interest. It would be interesting to read more theoretically-focused interventions, concentrating on issues of globalization, plurality, as well as fan studies' relationships to emergent disciplines such as adaptation studies. Sometimes it seems as if the case-studies-based approach merely rehearses old arguments or reninvents critical wheels. This strategy is not bad in itself, especially for new recruits to the discipline, but does not really advance issues further intellectually.
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