Fan fiction and midrash: Making meaning

Rachel Barenblat

Abstract


Just as Jews interpret Torah through midrash (exegetical stories that explore and explain the text), fans interpret contemporary source texts through fan fiction, which functions just as midrash does to sustain community and enable members of that community to join the communal conversation.

Keywords


Fan community; Fan fiction; Judaism; Midrash; Religion; Torah

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