Fan fiction and midrash

Making meaning

  • Rachel Barenblat ALEPH: the Alliance for Jewish Renewal
Keywords: Fan community, Fan fiction, Judaism, Midrash, Religion, Torah


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.

Author Biography

Rachel Barenblat, ALEPH: the Alliance for Jewish Renewal
Rabbi Rachel Barenblat holds an MFA from Bennington and rabbinic ordination from ALEPH. She blogs as the Velveteen Rabbi.
How to Cite
Barenblat, R. (2014). Fan fiction and midrash. Transformative Works and Cultures, 17.