TWC No. 5 released

OTW’s Journal group is delighted to announce the release of the latest issue of Transformative Works and Cultures, a peer-reviewed academic journal in the field of fan and media studies. Full text of No. 5, an unthemed issue, is available at TWC’s Web site. TWC is copyrighted under an Open Access Creative Commons copyright that permits remix and noncommercial reposting.

This issue features five research articles, ranging in topic from an analysis of a 2005 Warhammer 40,000 German-language fan film, Damnatus (John Walliss [here]) to a study of doing ethnographic research on mpreg fan fic while being pregnant (Mary Ingram-Waters [here]). Five Symposium essays, shorter essays that particularly focus on the “fan” part of “acafan,” include two analyses of disability, one by sasha_feather about Battlestar Galactica [here] and one by David Kociemba about Glee [here]. Two interviews also appear in this issue: Francesca Coppa interviews pop culture pirate Elisa Kreisinger [here], and TWC Editor interviews a trifecta of pro writers who also write fan fic: Jo Graham, Melissa Scott, and Martha Wells [here]. Three reviews round out the issue: two of books, and one by Alex Leavitt of the Inside Scanlation Web site [here].

For more info about this issue, the issue’s editorial, written by TWC editors Kristina Busse and Karen Hellekson, summarizes the issue in more detail.

TWC’s next issue, which is guest edited by Nancy Reagin (Pace University) and Anne Rubenstein (York University), will be focused on the topic of history and is entitled “Fan Works and Fan Communities in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.” In addition to research papers on wide-ranging topics, this issue will feature interviews with fans. This special issue will be released on March 15, 2011.

TWC encourage fans and acafans to submit; for more information, please visit the journal’s submission guidelines. We particularly welcome Symposium and Interview submissions.