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”Let´s Party!”: Harry Potter fan fiction sites as social settings for narrative gender constructions
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education, Department of Education. (CSL)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2872-4102
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6830-7488
2015 (English)In: Gender and Language, ISSN 1747-6321, E-ISSN 1747-633X, Vol. 9, no 2, p. 167-188Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Online communication is often presented in research as offering ways for young people to explore various forms of masculinity and femininity, which, in turn, could extend the notions of gendered identity. This paper explores how a Harry Potter fan fiction website can function as an online setting for gender identity construction among young fans. A positioning analysis of a small story told in an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) shows that although traditional gendered subject positions are explored and troubled in the story and its telling, heteronormativity prevails through the interpretative repertoires made available by the textual universe of Harry Potter. On the other hand, the positioning analysis of the small story activates an understanding of the interplay between the relational order among story characters and among the storytellers that can be seen as opening up a space between what is the told and the telling that allows the fans to experiment with aspects of gender identities that are related to power and control within an interpretative repertoire of heteronormativity.

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Equinox Publishing, 2015. Vol. 9, no 2, p. 167-188
Keywords [en]
fan fiction, gender construction, narrative, subject position
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Gender Studies
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-27408DOI: 10.1558/genl.v9i2.17330ISI: 000360247000002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-27408DiVA, id: diva2:623566
Available from: 2013-05-28 Created: 2013-05-28 Last updated: 2017-09-11Bibliographically approved

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