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dc.contributor.authorCarpenter, Sarah Gerina
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-01T00:49:27Z
dc.date.available2012-03-01T00:49:27Z
dc.date.issued2011-09
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1794/11989
dc.descriptionviii, 94 p.en_US
dc.description.abstractMy thesis examines Star Wars fan fiction about Anakin Skywalker posted on the popular blogging platform LiveJournal. I investigate the folkloric qualities of such posts and analyze the ways in which fans through narrative generate systems of meaning, engage in performative expressions of gender identity, resistance, and festival, and create transformative works within the present cultural milieu. My method has been to follow the posts of several Star Wars fans on LiveJournal who are active in posting fan fiction and who frequently respond to one another's posts, thereby creating a network of community interaction. I find that fans construct systems of meaning through complex interactions with a network of cultural sources, that each posting involves multiple layers of performance, and that these works frequently act as parody, critique, and commentary on not just the official materials but on the cultural climate that produced and has been influenced by them.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipCommittee in charge: Dr. Dianne Dugaw, Chair; Dr. Lisa Gilman, Member; Dr. Debra Merskin, Memberen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Oregonen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesUniversity of Oregon theses, Folklore Program, M.A., 2011;
dc.rightsrights_reserveden_US
dc.subjectAmerican literatureen_US
dc.subjectFolkloreen_US
dc.subjectSocial sciencesen_US
dc.subjectLanguage, literature and linguisticsen_US
dc.subjectFan fictionen_US
dc.subjectNew mediaen_US
dc.subjectParticipatory cultureen_US
dc.subjectVader, Darth (Fictitious character)en_US
dc.titleNarratives of a Fall: Star Wars Fan Fiction Writers Interpret Anakin Skywalker's Storyen_US
dc.title.alternativeStar Wars Fan Fiction Writers Interpret Anakin Skywalker's Storyen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US


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