Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture

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Routledge, Dec 7, 2012 - Social Science - 424 pages

The twentieth anniversary edition of Henry Jenkins’s Textual Poachers brings this now-canonical text to a new generation of students interested in the intersections of fandom, participatory culture, popular consumption and media theory.

Supplementing the original, classic text is an interview between Henry Jenkins and Suzanne Scott in which Jenkins reflects upon changes in the field since the original release of Textual Poachers. A study guide by Louisa Stein helps provides instructors with suggestions for the way Textual Poachers can be used in the contemporary classroom, and study questions encourage students to consider fan cultures in relation to consumer capitalism, genre, gender, sexuality, and more.


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This is an excellent book. Intelligent, thoughtful, well-written, by someone who knows his stuff. Yes it's dated; I would absolutely love to see an update for the YouTube world. I have only recently ... Read full review

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A media studies exploration of television fandom from the early nineties. One of the best studies on the subject, at least partly because Jenkins considers himself a fan of the type he's discussing ... Read full review


A Conversationbetween Henry Jenkins and Suzanne Scott
Fans Poachers Nomads
2 How Texts become Real
3 Fan Critics
Gender Genre Beauty and the Beast
Fan ReadersFan Writers
Filk Music Folk Culture and the Fan Community
Reconsidering Fandom
Appendix Fan Texts Compiled by Meg Garrett
Note on the Cover
Teaching Textual Poachers
Discussion Questions

Slash and the FanWriting Community
Fan Music Video and the Poetics of Poaching

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About the author (2012)

Henry Jenkins is the Provost's Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts, and Education at the University of Southern California. He was director of MIT's Comparative Media Studies Program for more than a decade. His books include: Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture, Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide, and Fans, Bloggers, and Gamers: Exploring Participatory Culture.

Suzanne Scott is a Mellon Digital Scholarship Postdoctoral Fellow at Occidental College. She serves on the board of Transformative Works and Cultures, and is currently working on a book project based on her dissertation, "Revenge of the Fanboy: Convergence Culture and the Politics of Incorporation," addressing the gendered tensions surrounding contemporary fan culture and fan studies.

Louisa Ellen Stein is Assistant Professor of Film and Media Culture at Middlebury College, and is coeditor of the collections Teen Television and Sherlock and Transmedia Fandom. Her current book project, Millennial Media, explores digital authorship and fandom in the millennial generation.