Fandom Identities and Communities in a Mediated World

ISBN-10: 0814731821

ISBN-13: 9780814731826

Edition: 2007

Authors: Cornel Sandvoss, Henry Jenkins, Jonathan Gray, C. Lee Harrington

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"Fandom pushes the boundaries of fan studies in bold directions, incorporating high culture fandoms, global fan cultures, fan technologies, and antagonistic anti-fandom, while rethinking the core tenets of fan studies concerning aesthetics, place, intellectual property, and interpretive communities-all presented with a lively, accessible, and engaging writing style."--Jason Mittell, Middlebury CollegeWe are all fans. Whether we log on to Web sites to scrutinize the latest plot turns in Lost, "stalk" our favorite celebrities on Gawker, attend gaming conventions, or simply wait with bated breath for the newest Harry Potter novel-each of us is a fan. Fandom extends beyond television and film to literature, opera, sports, and pop music, and encompasses both high and low culture.Fandom brings together leading scholars to examine fans, their practices and favorite texts. This unparalleled selection of original essays examines instances across the spectrum of modern cultural consumption from Karl Marx to Paris Hilton, Buffy the Vampire Slayer to backyard wrestling, Bach fugues to Bollywood cinema? and 19th century concert halls to computer gaming. Contributors examine fans of high cultural texts and genres, the spaces of fandom, fandom around the globe, the impact of new technologies on fandom, and the legal and historical contexts of fan activity. Fandom is key to understanding modern life in our increasingly mediated, globalized world.
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List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 6/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 412
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Cornel Sandvoss is Subject Leader in Media, Communication and Cultural Studies at the University of Surrey and author of Fans: The Mirror of Consumption. C. Lee Harrington is Professor of Sociology at Miami University and co-author of Soap Fans: Pursuing Pleasure and Making Meaning in Everyday Life.

Henry Jenkins is Provost's Professor of Communication, Journalism and Cinematic Arts at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California. He is the coeditor of From Barbie to Mortal Kombat: Gender and Computer Games (MIT Press, 1998).

C. Lee Harrington is Professor of Sociology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In addition to her books with Denise Bielby, she is co-editor (with Jonathan Gray and Cornel Sandvoss) of Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Mediated World (NYU Press, 2007).

Introduction: Why Study Fans?
Fan Texts: From Aesthetic to Legal Judgments
The Death of the Reader? Literary Theory and the Study of Texts in Popular Culture
Media Academics as Media Audiences: Aesthetic Judgments in Media and Cultural Studies
Yoko in Cyberspace with Beatles Fans: Gender and the Re-Creation of Popular Mythology
Copyright Law, Fan Practices, and the Rights of the Author
Beyond Pop Culture: Fandom from News to High Culture
The News: You Gotta Love It
The Fans of Cultural Theory
Bachies, Bardies, Trekkies, and Sherlockians
Fans of Chekhov: Re-Approaching "High Culture"
Spaces of Fandom: From Place to Performance
Place, Elective Belonging, and the Diffused Audience
On the Set of The Sopranos: "Inside" a Fan's Construction of Nearness
A Sort of Homecoming: Fan Viewing and Symbolic Pilgrimage
From Smart Fan to Backyard Wrestler: Performance, Context, and Aesthetic Violence
Fan Audiences Worldwide: From the Global to the Local
Global Fandom/Global Fan Studies
Between Rowdies and Rasikas: Rethinking Fan Activity in Indian Film Culture
Beyond Kung-Fu and Violence: Locating East Asian Cinema Fandom
Han Suk-kyu and the Gendered Cultural Economy of Stardom and Fandom
Shifting Contexts, Changing Fan Cultures: From Concert Halls to Console Games
Loving Music: Listeners, Entertainments, and the Origins of Music Fandom in Nineteenth-Century America
Girls Allowed? The Marginalization of Female Sports Fans
Customer Relationship Management: Automating Fandom in Music Communities
Playing the Game: Performance in Digital Game Audiences
Fans and Anti-Fans: From Love to Hate
Fan-tagonism: Factions, Institutions, and Constitutive Hegemonies of Fandom
Untidy: Fan Response to the Soiling of Martha Stewart's Spotless Image
The Anti-Fan within the Fan: Awe and Envy in Sport Fandom
A Vacancy at the Paris Hilton
The Other Side of Fandom: Anti-Fans, Non-Fans, and the Hurts of History
Afterword: The Future of Fandom
About the Contributors
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