Diving into the lacuna: Fan studies, methodologies, and mending the gaps

  • Dawn Walls-Thumma Independent Scholar
Keywords: Fan fiction, J. R. R. Tolkien, Surveys


With its autoethnographic tradition, fan studies research sometimes draws from similar intellectual and emotional impulses as the creation of fan works themselves, namely the perception of a lack and the need to repair that gap. Likewise, methodologies can intentionally or inadvertently respond to gaps in the scholarship.