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Support the OTW by Reading!

The Organization for Transformative Works is celebrating its 10th anniversary because thousands of fans have supported it through donations over the years. And while direct donations are the most helpful form of support (which can be made at any time of the year) there are other ways to help. You can: check with your workplace to see if they’ll do corporate matching of donations if you use Amazon in the U.S. for purchases, sign up to Amazon Smile and select the OTW as your charity of choice. (There are even automatic redirect apps you can install on Chrome or Firefox so you won’t have to… Read more

Transformative Works and Cultures releases No. 25

Transformative Works and Cultures has released No. 25. The essays in this general-topic issue focus on book history, women’s writing, Teen Wolf, World of Warcraft, Sherlock, and cosplay, among other topics. Each issue includes articles representing theory, fannish meta, and book reviews, such as the following: Rereading Superman as a trans f/man by Dan Vena Milk and mythology in Singin’ in the Rain by Kelli Marshall A review by Kathryn Hemmann of the book Anime fan communities: Transcultural flows and frictions

OTW Guest Post: Mel Stanfill

From time to time, the OTW will be hosting guest posts on our OTW News accounts. These guests will be providing an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom where our projects may have a presence. The posts express each author’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. We welcome suggestions from fans for future guest posts, which can be left as a comment here or by contacting us directly. Mel Stanfill is an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida with appointments in Texts & Technology and Digital Media. Stanfill’s work examines… Read more

Transformative Works and Cultures releases No. 24

Transformative Works and Cultures has released No. 24, a special issue on Queer Female Fandom, guest edited by Julie Levin Russo and Eve Ng. The essays in this issue focus on queer women as the object of fan study. Texts analyzed include Rizzoli & Isles, Grey’s Anatomy, The L Word, Wynonna Earp, The 100, Orphan Black, and Once Upon a Time. In addition, authors discuss J-pop and K-pop musicians and independent Web series. A multimedia piece by editor Russo provides examples of queer female fan vids.

OTW Guest Post: Ann McClellan

From time to time, the OTW will be hosting guest posts on our OTW News accounts. These guests will be providing an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom where our projects may have a presence. The posts express each author’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. We welcome suggestions from fans for future guest posts, which can be left as a comment here or by contacting us directly. Ann McClellan is Professor and Chair of English at Plymouth State University where she teaches classes on 19th and 20th century British Literature, film/adaptation… Read more