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1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Media Fandom

ISBN 9780367528065
Published April 28, 2020 by Routledge
480 Pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.