1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Media Fandom

Edited By Melissa A. Click, Suzanne Scott Copyright 2018
    480 Pages
    by Routledge

    480 Pages
    by Routledge

    The field of fan studies has seen exponential growth in recent years and this companion brings together an internationally and interdisciplinarily diverse group of established scholars to reflect on the state of the field and to point to new research directions. Engaging an impressive array of media texts and formats and incorporating a variety of methodologies, this collection is organized into six main sections: methods and ethics, technologies and practices, identities, race and transcultural fandom, industry, and futures. Each section concludes with a conversation among some of the field’s leading scholars and industry insiders to address a wealth of questions relevant to each section topic.

    Section One: Methods and Ethics

    Section Introduction

    1. The Ethics of Studying Online Fandom
    2. Kristina Busse

    3. Always-On Fandom, Waiting, and Bingeing: Psychoanalysis as an Engagement with Fans’ "Infra-ordinary" Experiences
    4. Matt Hills

    5. Archaeologies of Fandom: Using Historical Methods to Explore Fan Cultures of the Past
    6. Kathy Fuller-Seeley

    7. Surveying Fandom: The Ethics, Design and Use of Surveys in Fan Studies
    8. Lucy Bennett

    9. Approaches to Understanding Identity: Gamers, Fans, and Research Methods
    10. Libby Hemphill, Carly A. Kocurek, and Xi Rao

    11. Vidding and/as Pedagogy
    12. Katherine E. Morrissey

    13. Fannish Identities and Scholarly Responsibilities: A Conversation
    14. Will Brooker, Mark Duffett, and Karen Hellekson

      Section Two: Technologies and Practices

      Section Introduction

    15. The Fan Fiction Gold Rush, Generational Turnover, and the Battle for Fandom’s Soul
    16. Mel Stanfill

    17. Tumblr Fan Aesthetics
    18. Louisa Stein

    19. Fan Tourism and Pilgrimage
    20. Rebecca Williams

    21. Fan Curators and Gateways into Fandom
    22. Derek Kompare

    23. From Model Building to 3D Printing: Star Trek and Build Code Across the Analog/Digital Divide
    24. Bob Rehak

    25. "We’re not There": Fans, Fan Studies and the Participatory Continuum
    26. Rhiannon Bury

    27. "You’re Terrible, Don’t Ever Change!": How Identity, Rule Following, and Research Roadblocks Lend Meaning to Ambivalent Fan Engagement
    28. Whitney Phillips

    29. Music Fandom in the Digital Age: A Conversation
    30. Nancy Baym, Daniel Cavicchi, and Norma Coates


      Section Three: Identities

      Section Introduction

    31. The Queer Politics of Femslash
    32. Julie Levin Russo

    33. (Un)covering Masculinities in Cover Song Videos
    34. Frederik Dhaenens

    35. "He’s a Real Man’s Man": Pro Wrestling and Negotiations of Contemporary Masculinity
    36. Sam Ford

    37. Everyday Costume: Feminized Fandom, Retail, and Beauty Culture
    38. Elizabeth Affuso

    39. The Invasion of Loki’s Army? Understanding Comic Culture’s Increasing Awareness of Female Fans
    40. Matthew A. Cicci

    41. Accessing Fan Cultures: Disability, Digital Media, and Dreamwidth
    42. Elizabeth Ellcessor

    43. Class, Capital and Collecting in Media Fandom
    44. Lincoln Geraghty

    45. "Just to Pique Them". Takings Sides, Social identity and Sport Audiences
    46. Vivi Theodoropoulou

    47. Vidding and Identity: A Conversation
    48. Francesca Coppa, Alexis Lothian, and Tisha Turk


      Section Four: Race and Transcultural Fandom

      Section Introduction

    49. The Invisible Bag of Holding: Whiteness and Media Fandom
    50. Benjamin Woo

    51. (Black Female) Fans Strike Back: The Emergence of the Iris West Defense Squad
    52. Kristen J. Warner

    53. Filipinos’ Forced Fandom of U.S. Media: Protests against The Daily Show and Desperate Housewives as Bids for Cultural Citizenship
    54. Abigail De Kosnik

    55. Charting Latinx Fandom
    56. Jillian M. Báez

    57. Transnational Media Fan Studies
    58. Lori Morimoto

    59. Exploring Local Fandom: Celebrities’ Fans in the Global-Local Nexus
    60. Hilde Van den Bulck

    61. Advancing Transcultural Fandom: A Conversation
    62. Bertha Chin, Aswin Punathambekar, and Sangita Shresthova


      Section Five: Industry

      Section Introduction

    63. The Bigger Picture: Drawing Intersections Between Comics, Fan, and Industry Studies
    64. Alisa Perren and Laura Felschow

    65. Conspicuous Convention: Industry Interpellation and Fan Consumption at San Diego Comic-Con
    66. Anne Gilbert

    67. Fans and Merchandise
    68. Avi Santo

    69. Fannish Affect, "Quality" Fandom, and Transmedia Storytelling Campaigns
    70. Melanie Kohnen

    71. "Are you ready for this?" "I don’t know if there’s a choice.": Cult reboots, The X-Files Revival, and Fannish Expectations
    72. Bethan Jones

    73. Platform Fandom
    74. Jeremy Wade Morris

    75. Industry/Fan Relations: A Conversation
    76. Ivan Askwith, Britta Lundin, and Aja Romano


      Section Six: Futures of Fan Studies

      Section Introduction

    77. Negotiating Fandom: The Politics of Racebending
    78. Henry Jenkins

    79. Fantagonism, Franchising, and Industrial Management of Fan Privilege

    Derek Johnson

    41. Aging, Fans, and Fandom

     Lee Harrington and Denise Bielby

    42. Class "Then" and Class ‘Now’ in Hotel Cerise

      John Tulloch

      43. Board Gamers as Fans

      Paul Booth

    44. Futures of Fan Studies: A Conversation

    Melissa A. Click, Jonathan Gray, Jason Mittell, and Suzanne Scott


    Melissa A. Click’s work on fans, audiences, and popular culture has been published in Television & New Media, the International Journal of Cultural Studies, Popular Communication, Popular Music & Society, Transformative Works & Cultures, and in the anthologies Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Mediated World and in Cupcakes, Pinterest, and Ladyporn: Feminized Popular Culture in the Early 21st Century. She is editor of a forthcoming anthology on anti-fandom and co-editor of Bitten by Twilight.

    Suzanne Scott is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has appeared in Transformative Works and Cultures, Cinema Journal, Critical Studies in Media Communication, and New Media & Society, as well as numerous anthologies, including Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Mediated World (2nd Edition), How to Watch Television, and The Participatory Cultures Handbook. Her current book project examines the gendered tensions underpinning the media industry’s embrace of fans within convergence culture.