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Clare O’Farrell’s blog on books, TV, films, Michel Foucault, universities etc. etc.

Henry Jenkins, Textual Poachers: Television Fans & Participatory Culture. New York: Routledge, 1992.
My rating: ****

Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture (Studies in Culture and Communication) Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture by Henry Jenkins

This is the seminal foundational text in terms of academic studies of fandom. Even if it was published in 1992 before the explosion of internet fandom and a more mainstream (even if still grudging) recognition of fan practices, it is still chock full of useful and current ideas.

This well written and highly readable book has done a great service in single handedly promoting the possibility of academic fan studies an invitation which has been taken up by numbers of others since.

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