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Inventing a Universe: Reading and Writing Internet Fan Fiction

Parrish, Juli J. (2007) Inventing a Universe: Reading and Writing Internet Fan Fiction. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Inventing a Universe examines the creative and critical writing of an internet fan fiction archive. First, I suggest that persistent theories of fan writing, including the influential notion of fans as "textual poachers," have not adequately made visible the work of reading and writing that goes in at such sites. I reframe internet fan fiction as the work of amateur writers drawing on composition studies work on discourse communities and student writing to offer new ways of reading these texts and textual practices. Second, analyzing the discourse conventions and texts of a particular fan fiction archive, Different Colored Pens, I argue that members of this site share an explicit collaborative project of using fan fiction to help one another improve as readers and writers. This dissertation, which is among the first academic efforts to focus on and analyze fan fiction feedback practices specifically, will contribute to the rich and growing literature on the ways that online communities of amateur writers, including fan fiction writers, collaboratively develop their writing skills.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Parrish, Juli
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairCarr, Jean Fergusonjcarr@pitt.eduJCARR
Committee MemberGodley, Amanda Jagodley@pitt.eduAGODLEY
Committee MemberTwyning, Johntwyning@pitt.eduTWYNING
Committee MemberColes, Nicholas Ecoles@pitt.eduCOLES
Date: 26 September 2007
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 26 August 2007
Approval Date: 26 September 2007
Submission Date: 7 August 2007
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > English
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: amateur writers; composition studies; fan fiction; feedback; internet writing; textual poaching
Other ID:, etd-08072007-170133
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:57
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:48


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