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An important book for cultural studies and fan culture, Textual Poachers provides an excellent primer and introduction to looking at fandom and its general practices. Though it is a little out of date, many of Jenkins’ theories still ring true today. But, in the end, we were able to produce a cover I am really very proud of — in collaboration with a contemporary fan artist who has chosen to go here by the name of GLM: Although this is Jenkins’ doctoral thesis, he doesn’t make the error of writing from the POV of disdain for the foreign culture he’s examining — he makes no apologies for the fact that he’s a fan as well as an academic.

While this book was originally written init’s still relevant to contemporary pop culture studies and if anything provides a fascinating historical perspective that allows the reader to understand contemporary fan movements and use of technology better through the context of reading the book.

As this one was written in the days before blogs, it looks at the fan fiction shared in the days of usenet and before. Later chapters look at more specific aspects of fan activity, including fan fiction, slash fiction, fan music videos, and “filking,” fan-oriented, original well, originalish songs.

Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture

I found myself completely engrossed in his concepts, evolution, and hierarchies of fandom, and would love t I had to read an excerpt of this book for class, but found myself picking up a copy for some light reading.

Like other popular readers, fans lack direct access to the means of commercial cultural production and have only the most limited resources with which to influence the entertainment industry’s decisions. Drawing on the work of Michel de Certau, Jenkins shows how fans of Star TrekBlake’s 7The ProfessionalsBeauty and the BeastStarsky and Hutch, Alien Nation, Twin Peaksand other popular programs exploit these cultural materials as the basis for their stories, songs, videos, and social interatctions.


This book looks at everything from fanzines to filk and covers more genres than ‘Enterprising Women’ did.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a women’s persecutive of media fandom. No eBook available Amazon. Ooachers thought of crying, of communicating, of talking between men is so rare in our culture that slash really represents to me one of the few places where you can talk about those questions, where you can engage with it and fantasize about it.

I agree that the recent influx of fanboy characters reinforce old stereotypes more frequently than they challenge or complicate them, but as you note above the comparative scarcity of fangirl representations – Liz Lemon on 30 Rock aside – suggests that while the industry is beginning to take fanboys seriously as a demographic, fangirls or women, generally are still considered a surplus audience.

TNG drawings was used as the cover for the book. Mar 04, Liz Dehoff rated it really jebkins it. The selection of these figures was a challenge: Did they know that I was horrified Another influential book published at almost the same time was Enterprising Women: I’ve recently acquired a book which I heartily recommend: My library Help Advanced Book Search.

There have been reports that he quoted without permission.

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Rejecting stereotypes of fans as cultural dupes, social misfits, and mindless consumers, Jenkins represents media fans as active produc “Get a life” William Shatner told Star Trek fans. Nice to know powchers helped contribute to the understanding of something she loved so much. Are you a textual poacher? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Jan 04, Noel rated it liked it.

While this book was originally written init’s still relevant hendy contemporary pop culture studies and if anything provides a fascinating historical perspective that allows t This book is a must read for anyone interested in pop culture studies or anyone who is a fan and wants to understand the history of fan movements.

Sep 30, Bob rated it really liked it.

Keep in mind that Jean Kluge’s original was an alternative universe version of Star Trek: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. There’s also a chapter on music videos that’s pretty jenknis It was interesting to read his analyses of familiar, well-loved videos.


Ehnry sees fans as participating in a large, diverse community and accepting an identity which is belittled or criticized by institutional authorities. He also observed that a significant number of media fans are women, have college degrees and are employed in occupations where they are underpaid and their creative skills are not utilized.

What makes fan writing different.

Dec 27, Lightreads rated it really liked it Shelves: I especially enjoyed reading about the different aspects of fan production in the pre-internet days, e. Her current book project, Millennial Mediaexplores digital authorship and fandom in the millennial generation.

Yes, a book does lend an air ehnry validation that is often spurious, but the books have provided interesting controversy in and of themselves.

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Because of its location in San Diego, Comic-Con is more racially and ethnically diverse than most other fan gatherings. Jenkins creates a strong case for the scholarship that can be given to fandom communities. This book also presents a concrete answer to the eternal question, “Why is Star Trek attractive to so many people? I have only recently He is too uncritical of fanfic generally and slash in particular. Slash and the FanWriting Community.

Especially since Beauty and the Beast was one of jenkind sub-par, almost cultish shows. But, in all seriousness, Jenkins does an excellent job sussing out an ethnography of fan culture in a way that is both respectful and critical, that recognizes that it is playful, play with purpose, and a consumer tactic that is important to understand.

Textual Poachers is an examination of fandom, or the fen as they sometimes call themselves. We share most of those thoughts and are agreed or disagreed with. If you would like to read a textjal that takes a wider selection of media fandom, you might want to read Textual Poachers.