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FOR FANS BY FANS: EARLY SCIENCE FICTION FANDOM AND THE FANZINES

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Date Issued:
2015
Abstract/Description:
The fanzines, which combine the words "fan" and "magazine," are the print products for fans by fans. Many current fan practices-fanspeak (jargon), conventions, cosplay-all have their foundation in the early days of science fiction fandom from the 1930s to 1950s. However, current science fiction criticism often overlooks the earliest fanzines. The academic neglect of these literary artifacts propagates a false history of science fiction and erases gendered and liminal voices from the foundational years of fandom. To validate the form, this thesis explores multiple layers of fandom and the fanzines, including the active engagement of fan culture; parallels between fandom and modernism; and female-authored contributions to science fiction. These neglected literary documents are far from being negligible offsprings of a disposable literature. In fact, the fanzines exemplify the active reading of genre fiction; the creation of a networked community of readers; and the development of multiple liminal voices.
Title: FOR FANS BY FANS: EARLY SCIENCE FICTION FANDOM AND THE FANZINES.
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Name(s): Johnson, Rachel Anne, Author
Earle, David M., Committee Chair
Baulch, David M., Committee Member
University of West Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2015
Publisher: University of West Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The fanzines, which combine the words "fan" and "magazine," are the print products for fans by fans. Many current fan practices-fanspeak (jargon), conventions, cosplay-all have their foundation in the early days of science fiction fandom from the 1930s to 1950s. However, current science fiction criticism often overlooks the earliest fanzines. The academic neglect of these literary artifacts propagates a false history of science fiction and erases gendered and liminal voices from the foundational years of fandom. To validate the form, this thesis explores multiple layers of fandom and the fanzines, including the active engagement of fan culture; parallels between fandom and modernism; and female-authored contributions to science fiction. These neglected literary documents are far from being negligible offsprings of a disposable literature. In fact, the fanzines exemplify the active reading of genre fiction; the creation of a networked community of readers; and the development of multiple liminal voices.
Identifier: WFE0000515 (IID), uwf:61216 (fedora)
Note(s): 2015-08-01
M.A.
Department of English and World Languages
Masters
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/uwf/fd/WFE0000515
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Host Institution: UWF

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