Patti Smith: Aging, fandom, and libido

Maud Lavin

Abstract


This essay traces a lifelong fandom of Patti Smith in light of issues of aging, femininity, and libido. It also considers the paucity of transformative images in Western mass culture and its fandoms of aging women. Personal narrative is brought into play, fans' experiences throughout the life cycle are referenced, and gender issues are emphasized.

Keywords


Aging women; Androgyny; Fan studies; Gender

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