I know I've been delinquent about responding to emails and comments lately. I've just been...not depressed, but having no desire to participate in life, either real or online. I am not sure what the problem is. Every time I think I'm starting to pull myself out of that, something happens to knock me back down.
So, I want to post this quickly. Normally I would flock (and filter) something like this, but this appeals to the cultural studies geek in me, and there may be people on my flist who know people who aren't on my flist who might be fellow geeks and would like to see this. At WisCon this weekend, I did attend the panel "Fanfic and Slash 101", and it was rather interesting. The panelists included someone who's just a massive fic writer, someone who's a massive fic writer and is a collegiate English instructor, and a woman named Anastasia Salter, who is about to complete a master's degree (in communication studies? can't remember) and is doing her thesis on this topic. At the end of the session, they offered us a list of academic publications regarding fanfic that we might be interested in perusing. Should that kind of thing appeal to you...here it is.
FanFiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet, new essays ed. by Karen Hellekson and Kristina Busse, 2006, McFarland & Co., Jefferson, N.C.
Textual Poachers, Television Fans and Participatory Culture, Henry Jenkins, 1992, Routledge (US ISBN 0 415905729)
Fans, the Mirror of Consumption, Cornel Sandvoss, 2005, Polity Press, Malden, MA (UC ISBN 0 744629733)
The Democratic Genre: Fan Fiction in a Literary Context, Sheenagh Pugh, 2006, distributed in US by Independent Publishers Group (UK ISNB 1854113992)
Cyberspaces of Their own: Female Fandoms Online, by Rhiannon Bury, 2005, Morehouse Publishing Co. (US ISBN 0 820471186)
Fans, Bloggers and Gamers: Exploring Participatory Culture, Henry Jenkins, 2006, New York University Press (US ISBN 0 81474184X)
Adolescents and Online Fan Fiction, Rebecca W. Black, 2008, Peter Lang (US ISBM 0 82049738X)
The Adoring Audience: Fan Culture and Popular Media, ed. Lisa A. Lewis, 1992, Routledge (US ISBN 0 04515078210) (See "2: The Cultural Economy of Fandom" John Fiske)
Enterprising Women: Television Fandom & the Creation of Popular Myth, Camille Bacon-Smith, 1992, University of Pennsylvania Press (US ISBN 0 812213793)
Private Uses of Cyberspace: Women, Desire & Fan Culture, Sharon Cumberland, MIT Communications Forum, online: http://web.mit.edu/comm-forum/papers/cumberland.html Masters theses (possibly available via interlibrary loan)
Slash, Fandoms and Pleasures, masters thesis by Fung Kwan Li, 2006, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Sexual Identity as Constructed In and Through Text: Slash Fanfiction and Writing Communities, masters thesis by Elena Maria Jimenez, 2005, Chicago Theological Seminary
Crackin' Good Stories: Fan Fiction, Narrative and the Shared Mythos of Popular Culture, masters thesis by Polly M. Robinson, 2005, California State University at Northridge
If you can find anything written by Anastasia Salter, I would also recommend reading her words. Listening to her gave me flashbacks to working on my degree, in a good way. Very near the beginning of the panel, she pointed out that there are plenty of people who would jump at the chance to see Wicked
and would discuss it in detail afterwards, but would sneer at someone who said they write stories about Harry Potter. However, Wicked
is fanfic. Gregory Maguire took a minor character in an established fantasy world and extrapolated a story around her, based out of canon. It may have been made into a Broadway musical, but it's still fanfic.