African American acafandom and other strangers: New genealogies of fan studies

  • Rebecca Wanzo Washington University in St. Louis
Keywords: Antifan, Audiences, Black studies, Cultural criticism, Race


Because scholars have paid insufficient attention to race in fan studies, a new genealogy of fan studies is needed, one that includes different kinds of primary and secondary texts that have explored responses of black fans. There is a rich history of black fan criticism and acafandom that has never been seen as such but that both complements and complicates current definitions and paradigms in fan studies. Discussions of fan otherness, antifandom, and fan ambivalence explore the difference that the inclusion of African American cultural criticism would make to both canonical scholarship and more recently published work in the field.

Author Biography

Rebecca Wanzo, Washington University in St. Louis
Associate Professor, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies