Wordplay, mindplay: Fan fiction and postclassical narratology

Veerle Van Steenhuyse

Abstract


Recent narrative theories on story worlds, or the worlds evoked by narratives, call attention to the process of fan reading and the role which the canon plays in that process. This paper posits that such theories can help us understand literary techniques that make a difference on the level of the reading experience that is implied by fan fiction texts. This is illustrated with a close reading of Naguabo's "The Mother of All Marriage Proposals," a Jane Austen fic.

Keywords


Jane Austen; Narrative; Story world

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