The Fanfiction Reader: Folk Tales for the Digital Age

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Francesca Coppa
University of Michigan Press, Mar 2, 2017 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 285 pages
Written originally as a fanfiction for the series Twilight, the popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey has made obvious what was always clear to fans and literary scholars alike: that it is an essential human activity to read and retell epic stories of famous heroic characters. The Fanfiction Reader showcases the extent to which the archetypal storytelling exemplified by fanfiction has continuities with older forms: the communal tale-telling cultures of the past and the remix cultures of the present have much in common. Short stories that draw on franchises such as Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, James Bond, and others are accompanied by short contextual and analytical essays wherein Coppa treats fanfiction—a genre primarily written by women and minorities—as a rich literary tradition in which non-mainstream themes and values can thrive.

 

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Contents

Five Things That Fanfiction Is and One Thing It Isnt
1
The Communications Officers Tale
18
The FBI Agents Tale
47
The Slayers Tale
57
The Super Mans Tale
70
The Dwarfs Tale
93
The Pop Stars Tale
101
The Spymasters Tale
120
The Companions Tale
173
The Detectives Tale
193
The Demon Hunters Tales
205
The Billionaire Superheros Tale
223
The Stormtroopers Tale
245
Notes
259
For More on
269
Contributors
283

The Wizards Tales
135

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About the author (2017)

Francesca Coppa is Professor of English and Film Studies at Muhlenberg College.

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