Wordplay, mindplay: Fan fiction and postclassical narratology

  • Veerle Van Steenhuyse Ghent University / Research Foundation (FWO) - Flanders
Keywords: Jane Austen, Narrative, Story world


Recent narrative theories on story worlds, or the worlds evoked by narratives, call attention to the process of fan reading and the role which the canon plays in that process. This paper posits that such theories can help us understand literary techniques that make a difference on the level of the reading experience that is implied by fan fiction texts. This is illustrated with a close reading of Naguabo's "The Mother of All Marriage Proposals," a Jane Austen fic.

Author Biography

Veerle Van Steenhuyse, Ghent University / Research Foundation (FWO) - Flanders
PhD candidate Department of Literary Studies