Transformative Works and Cultures

Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC) is an international, peer-reviewed journal published by the Organization for Transformative Works. TWC publishes articles about transformative works, broadly conceived; articles about media studies; and articles about the fan community.

We invite papers in all areas, including fan fiction, fan vids, film, TV, anime, comic books, fan community, video games, and machinima. We encourage a variety of critical approaches, including feminism, gender studies, queer theory, postcolonial theory, audience theory, reader-response theory, literary criticism, film studies, and posthumanism. We also encourage authors to consider writing personal essays integrated with scholarship; hyperlinked articles; or other forms that test the limits of the genre of academic writing.

Submissions: Authors need to register as authors with the journal before submitting, or if already registered as authors can simply log in and begin the five-step process of submission.


Nancy Baym, Microsoft Research - Rebecca Black, UC Irvine - Paul Booth, DePaul U - Will Brooker, Kingston U - Rhiannon Bury, Athabasca U - Melissa Click, U of Missouri - Francesca Coppa, Muhlenberg C - Abigail De Kosnik, UC Berkeley - Paul Draper, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith U - Catherine Driscoll, U of Sydney - Kathleen Fitzpatrick, MLA - Sam Ford, Convergence Culture Consortium - Jonathan Gray, U of Wisconsin - C. Lee Harrington, Miami U - Heather Hendershot, MIT - Matt Hills, Aberystwyth U - Henry Jenkins, USC - Derek Johnson, U of Wisconsin - Derek Kompare, Southern Methodist U - Anne Kustritz, U of Amsterdam - Alexis Lothian, U of Maryland College Park - Mark McLelland, U of Wollongong - Helen Merrick, Curtin U of Technology - Jason Mittell, Middlebury C - Lori Morimoto, Independent - Roberta Pearson, U of Nottingham - Whitney Phillips, Independent - Bob Rehak, Swarthmore C - Robin Anne Reid, Texas A&M-Commerce - Julie Levin Russo, Evergreen State C - Cornel Sandvoss, U of Surrey - Avi Santo, Old Dominion - Suzanne Scott, U of Texas, Austin - Catherine Tosenberger, U of Winnipeg - Rebecca Tushnet, Georgetown U Law Center - Ika Willis, U of Wollongong - Berit Åström, U of Umeå

Upcoming issues

Issues coming in 2016

Vol 18 (2015)

Performance and performativity in fandom, guest edited by Lucy Bennett (Cardiff University) and Paul J. Booth (DePaul University)

Table of Contents


Performance and performativity in fandom HTML
Lucy Bennett, Paul J. Booth


Self-representation in literary fandom: Women's leisure reader selfies as postfeminist performance HTML
Dawn S. Opel
Fannish tattooing and sacred identity HTML
Bethan Jones
Bound princes and monogamy warnings: Harry Potter, slash, and queer performance in LiveJournal communities HTML
Darlene Rose Hampton
Toward new horizons: Cosplay (re)imagined through the superhero genre, authenticity, and transformation HTML
Ellen Kirkpatrick


The digital fandom of Na'vi speakers HTML
Christine Schreyer
Doctor Who–themed weddings and the performance of fandom HTML
Jessica Elizabeth Johnston
Audience reaction movie trailers and the Paranormal Activity franchise HTML
Alexander Swanson
Simblr famous and SimSecret infamous: Performance, community norms, and shaming among fans of The Sims HTML
Ruth A. Deller
The remediation of the fan convention: Understanding the emerging genre of cosplay music videos HTML
Nicolle Lamerichs


Exploring nonhuman perspectives in live-action role-play HTML
Rafael Bienia
Finding truth in playing pretend: A reflection on cosplay HTML
Shelby Fawn Mongan
My football fandoms, performance, and place HTML
Abby Waysdorf
Zombie walks and the public sphere HTML
Brendan Riley
What is global theater? or, What does new media studies have to do with performance studies? HTML
Abigail De Kosnik


Exploring fandom and the performance paradigm: An interview with Kurt Lancaster, author of Interacting with "Babylon 5" HTML
Paul J. Booth, Lucy Bennett
Interview with Hello Earth Productions HTML
Cameron Salisbury


Fandom unbound: Otaku culture in a connected world, edited by Mizuko Ito, Daisuke Okabe, and Izumi Tsuji HTML
Nele Noppe
Work/text: Investigating "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," by Cynthia W. Walker HTML
Francesca Coppa

Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC), ISSN 1941-2258, is an online-only Gold Open Access publication of the nonprofit Organization for Transformative Works copyrighted under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License. Contact the Editor with questions.