Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture / Edition 1

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Overview

Written from an insider's perspective and providing vivid examples from fan artifacts, Textual Poachers offers an ethnographic account of the media fan community, its interpretive strategies, its social institutions and cultural practices, and its troubled

relationship to the mass media and consumer capitalism.

stereotypical portrayal of fans as obsessive nerds who are out of touch with reality, he demonstrates that fans are pro-active constructors of an alternative culture using elements "poached" and reworked from the popular media (Journal of Popular Culture)

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"There are few books that open new fields and set agendas for years after their publication. Even fewer have done so while being fun to read. Textual Poachers is such a book. Jenkins articulated the culture of participation that the internet has made common years before it took hold, and this work continues to shape how we understand these shifts." —Nancy Baym, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research New England
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415905725
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/28/1992
  • Series: Studies in Culture and Communication Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry Jenkins is Assistant Professor of Literature at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1. "Get a Life!": Fans, Poachers, Nomads

2. How Texts become Real

3. Fan Critics

4. "It's Not a Fairy Tale Anymore": Gender, Genre, Beauty and the Beast

5. Scribbling in the Margins: Fan Readers/Fan Writers

6. "Welcome to Bisexuality, Captain Kirk": Slash and the Fan-Writing Community

7. "Layers of Meaning": Fan Music Video and the Poetics of Poaching

8. "Strangers No More, We Sing": Filk Music, Folk Culture, and the Fan Community

Conclusion: "In My Weekend-Only World...": Reconsidering Fandom

Appendix: Fan Texts (Prepared by Meg Garrett)

Sources

Index

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