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”Let´s Party!”: Harry Potter fan fiction sites as social settings for narrative gender constructions
Karlstads universitet, Institutionen för pedagogiska studier.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6830-7488
Karlstads universitet, Institutionen för pedagogiska studier.
2015 (English)In: Gender and Language, ISSN 1747-6321, E-ISSN 1747-633X, Vol. 9, no 2, 167-188 p.Article 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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 9, no 2, 167-188 p.
Keyword [en]
fan fiction; gender construction; narrative; subject position
National Category
Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-261462DOI: 10.1558/genl.v9i2.17330OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-261462DiVA: diva2:850454
Available from: 2013-05-28 Created: 2015-09-01 Last updated: 2015-09-01

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