Narratives of a Fall: Star Wars Fan Fiction Writers Interpret Anakin Skywalker's Story

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dc.contributor.author Carpenter, Sarah Gerina
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-01T00:49:27Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-01T00:49:27Z
dc.date.issued 2011-09
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1794/11989
dc.description viii, 94 p. en_US
dc.description.abstract My 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.sponsorship Committee in charge: Dr. Dianne Dugaw, Chair; Dr. Lisa Gilman, Member; Dr. Debra Merskin, Member en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Oregon en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries University of Oregon theses, Folklore Program, M.A., 2011;
dc.rights rights_reserved en_US
dc.subject American literature en_US
dc.subject Folklore en_US
dc.subject Social sciences en_US
dc.subject Language, literature and linguistics en_US
dc.subject Fan fiction en_US
dc.subject New media en_US
dc.subject Participatory culture en_US
dc.subject Vader, Darth (Fictitious character) en_US
dc.title Narratives of a Fall: Star Wars Fan Fiction Writers Interpret Anakin Skywalker's Story en_US
dc.title.alternative Star Wars Fan Fiction Writers Interpret Anakin Skywalker's Story en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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