Enterprising Women: Television Fandom and the Creation of Popular Myth

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University of Pennsylvania Press, 1992 - Social Science - 338 pages
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""Enterprising Women" offers a picture of one of the few models around for female community and self-affirmation. Rather than accepting the passive female images and consumer values purveyed by most TV shows, women fan-fiction writers have adapted television to their own purposes."--"Women's Review of Books" "Bacon-Smith's many years of skillful ethnographic research and lucid prose help nonfans understand the cultural and theoretical significance of the fan-produced fiction, artwork, and social relations that make fandom so cohesive and critically essential to its members. . . . Both males and females in communications, sociology, ethnography, psychology, and women's studies will benefit from this fine book."--"Choice" A study of the worldwide community of fans of "Star Trek" and other genre television series who create and distribute fiction and art based on their favorite series. This community includes people from all walks of life--housewives, librarians, secretaries, and professors of medieval literature. Ninety percent of its members are women. Contemporary Ethnography
  

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Review: Enterprising Women: Television Fandom and the Creation of Popular Myth

User Review  - Elisabeth - Goodreads

Written at about the same time, and covering the same subject, as Henry Jenkins' seminal Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture, this book at first appears to be a more dry and ... Read full review

Review: Enterprising Women: Television Fandom and the Creation of Popular Myth

User Review  - Kifflie - Goodreads

This is an ethnographic study of female fandom. It's pre-internet, published in 1992, so in some ways it's amusingly out of date. Still, as someone who's been part of female fan communities off and on ... Read full review

Contents

Fan Fiction and Material Art
44
Training New Members
81
Learning about Videotape
115
Reading Fan Fiction
141
Visual Meaning
175
Identity and Risk
203
Homoerotic Romance
228
The Genre of Pain
255
Play Creativity and Narrative
282
Appendix A Methodology
299
Demographics
319
Index
335
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About the author (1992)

Camille Bacon-Smith is the author of several books, including Enterprising Women: Television Fandom and the Creation of Popular Myth, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press, The Face of Time, and Eyes of the Empress.

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