Tuesday, March 09, 2004

CFP: Harry Potter Fan Fiction (6/15/04; collection)


Contributions are sought for a proposed collection of essays about Harry Potter fan fiction.

Scholars from all disciplines are invited to submit abstracts or completed essays. Essays on young writers, the transnational fandom, and fan works from outside the English-speaking world are especially
needed, but all submissions are very welcome.

Paper topics might include, but are by no means limited to:

… Issues related to the source material
… Studies focused on writing by young people
… Studies of particular subgenres and their traditions, such as bodies of fan work focused on particular characters or relationships, or around generic constraints such as challenges, "filks" (song parodies) or "drabbles" (100 word fics)
… Studies of the various communities (mostly on-line) in which participants exchange works and ideas, and of specific issues within those communities, such as status, collaboration, or conflict
… Quantitative and demographic studies
… Fan art in visual media (for instance comics, illustrations, or doujinshi)
… Intellectual property and/in the Harry Potter fan fiction community
… Studies of fan productions from outside the English-speaking world

Because the audience for this book will come from many backgrounds (both academic and otherwise), and because it will be introducing readers to an extensive lexicon of fandom terminology, it is imperative that all essays be as free as possible of academic jargon.

Please send abstracts of no less than 300 words, or completed essays, to glaubman@earthlink.net. I would also appreciate a brief note about your background and interest in the topic. Inquiries welcome
at any time.

Jane Glaubman
University of California, Berkeley

Deadline for proposals: June15 (2004)