Fanfiction and the Author

How Fanfic Changes Popular Cultural Texts

Judith May Fathallah

Fanfiction and the Author

Judith May Fathallah

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

248 pages | 17 halftones, 3 line drawings | 6 x 9
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9789089649959 Published April 2017 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Whether you look at quantity, quality, or readership, we are in an unprecedented era of fan fiction. Thus far, however, the genre has been subject to relatively little rigorous qualitative or quantitative study—a problem that Judith May Fathallah remedies here through close analysis of fanfiction related to Sherlock, Supernatural, and Game of Thrones. Her large-scale study of the sites, receptions, and fan rejections of fanfic demonstrate how it often legitimates itself through traditional notions of authorship even as its explicit discussion and deconstruction of the author figure contests traditional discourses of authority and opens new spaces for writing that challenges the authority of media professionals.
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