Transformative Works and Cultures has released No. 8, a special guest-edited double issue comprising Race and Ethnicity in Fandom (edited by Robin Anne Reid and Sarah N. Gatson) and Textual Echoes (edited by Cyber Echoes, a collective comprising Berit Åström, Katarina Gregersdotter, Malin Isaksson, Maria Lindgren Leavenworth, and Maria Helena Svensson).
Race and Ethnicity in Fandom comprises four research essays covering topics such as race, identity, and construction in fandom, gaming, and Web series.
Mel Stanfill, in “Doing Fandom, (Mis)doing Whiteness: Heteronormativity, Racialization, and the Discursive Construction of Fandom,” provides an interdisciplinary analysis of film and television shows to assess fandom as a form of performativity that both undercuts and reinforces white privilege.
“Fandom as Industrial Response: Producing Identity in an Independent Web Series,” by Aymar Jean Christian, expands the definition of fan by analyzing a made-for-Web series based on the TV show Sex and the City.
Thomas D. Rowland and Amanda C. Barton, in “Outside Oneself in World of Warcraft: Gamers’ Perception of the Racial Self-Other,” provide survey results showing how gamers’ racial attitudes intersect with avatar and interavatar creation.
Sun Jung, in “K-pop, Indonesian Fandom, Social Media,” performs an ethnographic study, also drawing on material on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, to analyze K-pop fandom from the perspective of Indonesian youth.
Textual Echoes comprises four research essays and two Symposium essays. The special issue grew out of a three-day symposium hosted by Umeå University, Sweden, which included a keynote address by TWC’s own Kristina Busse.
Charles W. Hoge reads fan fic as play in “Whodology: Encountering Doctor Who Fan Fiction through the Portals of Play Studies and Ludology” by applying the criteria of theorist Roger Caillois’s for game and play.
The three Praxis essays address themes of desire, sexuality, and identity in relation to fan works. Bridget Kies (“One True Threesome: Reconciling Canon and Fan Desire in Star Trek: Voyager“) analyzes desire in terms of fan fic about the Tom Paris–Harry Kim–B’Elanna Torres triad.
Mark McHarry, in “(Un)gendering the Homoerotic Body: Imagining Subjects in Boys’ Love and Yaoi,” discusses dōjinshi, fan comics with young male characters, by performing a reading of Maldoror’s Freeport (based on the anime Gundam Wing) via Grosz, Kristeva, and Foucault.
Kate Roddy’s essay, “Masochist or Machiavel? Reading Harley Quinn in Canon and Fanon,” discusses Harley Quinn (the Joker’s girlfriend in the Batman canon) in relation to medical and feminist discourses about female submissiveness.
In the Symposium section, Maria Lindgren Leavenworth discusses The Vampire Diaries and its fan fiction in “Transmedial Texts and Serialized Narratives,” assessing mythos, topos, and ethos in terms of the story world. And Nele Noppe, in “Why We Should Talk about Commodifying Fan Work,” sees opportunities for fans to build hybrid economies via Web-based commerce.
TWC No. 8 also includes two book reviews: Melanie Kohnen reviews The Young and the Digital by S. Craig Watkins, and Laurie B. Cubbison reviews Adolescents and Online Fan Fiction by Rebecca Black.