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Emphasising the contradictions of fandom, Matt Hills outlines how media fans have been conceptualised in cultural theory. Drawing on case studies of specific fan groups, from Elvis impersonators to X-Philes and Trekkers, Hills discusses a range of approaches to fandom, from the Frankfurt School to psychoanalytic readings, and asks whether the development of new media creates the possibility of new forms of fandom. Fan Cultures also explores the notion of "fan cults" or followings, considering how media fans ...
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Fan Cultures

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Emphasising the contradictions of fandom, Matt Hills outlines how media fans have been conceptualised in cultural theory. Drawing on case studies of specific fan groups, from Elvis impersonators to X-Philes and Trekkers, Hills discusses a range of approaches to fandom, from the Frankfurt School to psychoanalytic readings, and asks whether the development of new media creates the possibility of new forms of fandom. Fan Cultures also explores the notion of "fan cults" or followings, considering how media fans perform the distinctions of 'cult' status.
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Matt Hills is a Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Who's Who? Academics, fans, scholar-fans and fan-scholars 1
Pt. I Approaching fan cultures 25
1 Fan cultures between consumerism and 'resistance' 27
2 Fan cultures between community and hierarchy 46
3 Fan cultures between 'knowledge' and 'justification' 65
4 Fan cultures between 'fantasy' and 'reality' 90
Pt. II Theorising cult media 115
5 Fandom between cult and culture 117
6 Media cults: between the 'textual' and the 'extratextual' 131
7 Cult geographies: between the 'textual' and the 'spatial' 144
8 Cult bodies: between the 'self' and the 'other' 158
Conclusion: new media, new fandoms, new theoretical approaches? 172
Notes 185
Bibliography 207
Index 232
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