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The Theory of Fanfiction

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Spring 2015
English 98 / 198
2 Unit(s)

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About the Course:

From the time of the ancient Greeks to the zines of the 1960’s, fanfiction has grown into a vibrant and complicated literary subculture. This course will aim to answer the question, “Is fanfiction a valid literary genre in its own right?” It will explore the growth of prominent tropes in fanfiction, from gender swapping to de-aging, as well as the role of fanfiction as a vehicle of alternative sexuality and kink expression. Further, this course will investigate how modern fanfiction came to be what it is today, how it is still changing, and what it might look like in the future.

Going through major fanfiction works spanning Harry Potter, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, and smaller communities, the class will provide insight into the workings of fandom and the utilization of social media. By the end of the class we’ll have addressed why, at the end of the day, we’ll always fight for our OTPs, cringe at our NOTPs, and willingly spend hours of our lives reading expanded storylines, Alternate Universes, and appreciate some well-drawn out Unresolved Sexual Tension.



This course is structured around brief lectures, followed by longer discussions centered on the readings. This class will meet once a week. Participation in the discussion will be an essential component of your grade, therefore reading the material is vital.

How to Enroll:

Those wishing to join the class should send the following application through email to both Katrina (kaehall@berkeley) and Isadora ( New comers to fandom are welcome. Enthusiasm will be valued over experiance. We'd appreciate recieving all applications by January 17th, and applicants will be notified of their status in the decal no later than the first week of Spring semester.

Applications should include


AO3 username: username: 

Tumblr username:

Top Fandoms:

Why would you like to join this class? What are you hoping to get out of it? 

Please write a 50 word drabble (short story) in the fandom of your choice.

Course Contact: kaehall AT, iblamego AT

Faculty Sponsor: Oliver Arnold

Time & Location:

Fanfiction TheoryKatrina Hall
Isadora Lamego
30121 WheelerM 5p-6:30p1/26full

Uploaded Files:

Syllabus: Syllabus.docxNov 14135kbWord Doc (Viewer)View Download

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