Female-centered fan fiction as homoaffection in fan communities

Ria Narai


In the scholarship of fan studies, a lot has been said about why female fan communities enjoy writing about male characters and relationships in fan fiction. In contrast, there has been a dearth of research into female fan communities that are centered around female characters and their relationships with each other. Here I examine the heretofore unnamed female-centered fan fiction genre of homoaffection fic through a close reading of examples chosen from the Star Trek fandom. I show how this fan fictional genre reworks the masculine narratives of the television series and movies in order to define female experience and demonstrate the way in which this in turn creates female communities in both the world of the fic and our own world.


Community; Female fandom; Femslash; Gift economy

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3983/twc.2017.01014

License URL: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/

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