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Mirrored from http://henryjenkins.org/2011/06/acafandom_and_beyond_week_two.html

Erica Rand

I'm really struck by your passage: "My writing of slash fan fiction must be subsumed under the rubric of interpretation; how else to explain the overwhelming pleasure of the (writing of the derivative) text, without resorting to "it was confusing and I hated it! So I fixed it!" Read more... )

Karen Hellekson

I do think that that creating fan texts is an interpretive response: fan fiction, fan vids, and other fan artifacts are really just analysis—exegesis with a point, and a point of view. Read more... )


Henry Jenkins

Karen raises some important questions about the discipline specificity of the acafan position, which is one of the real value of having such a diverse set of contributors in this exchange. Read more... )

Karen Hellekson

I'm struck by Henry's and Erica's remarks about pathologizing and addiction—terms with negative connotations that hint at fan studies' tendency to be perceived as extreme and therefore suspect, both by outsiders and by ourselves as we get our fix. Read more... )


Erica Rand

Karen, I love the point you took from my comment about finding theorizing that matters all around us. Read more... )

Henry Jenkins

The circumstances which Erica describes above hint at some of the difficulty with binary descriptions of participant-observation or insider ethnography. Read more... )


Karen Hellekson

Erica notes that she wants to avoid promoting "presumptions that professional critics and academics have more rich and complicated interpretations of culture than the people in pronouncements about what something means: means to whom? how do you know?" Read more... )

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