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Cheryl Harris, Alison Alexander (eds). Theorizing Fandom: Fans, Subculture, and Identity. Cresskill, N.J.: Hampton Press, 1998. My rating:*** Theorizing Fandom: Fans, Subculture and Identity by Cheryl Harris This is a rather useful edited collection about various media fandoms and fan practices. There is the usual stuff on slash included. Of course the book’s appearance in …

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Slavoj Zizek. Looking Awry: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan Through Popular Culture. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1991. My rating: *** Zizek paraphrases and inverts de Quincey’s famous propositions concerning murder: If a person renounces Stephen King, soon Hitchcock himself will appear to him dubious, and from here it is just a step to a disdain …

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Sheenagh Pugh, The Democratic Genre: Fan Fiction in a Literary Context. Bridgend: Seren, 2005. My rating: **** The Democratic Genre: Fan Fiction in a Literary Context by Sheenagh Pugh This book offers an excellent and sympathetic overview of fan fiction as a literary form. The author uses material from both media and literary fandoms as …

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Rebecca W. Black. (2008). Adolescents and Online Fan Fiction (New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies). New York: Peter Lang. My rating: *** Adolescents and Online Fan Fiction by Rebecca W. Black This book uses current educational theory to discuss adolescent fan fiction. The book is useful in that it attempts to argue for the importance of …

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