Patti Smith: Aging, fandom, and libido

  • Maud Lavin School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Keywords: Aging women, Androgyny, Fan studies, Gender

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.

Author Biography

Maud Lavin, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Professor, Visual and Critical Studies and Art History, Theory and Criticism, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Published
2015-01-25
How to Cite
Lavin, M. (2015). Patti Smith: Aging, fandom, and libido. Transformative Works and Cultures, 20. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.3983/twc.2015.0658
Section
Symposium