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  • Paperback: 418 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press; First Edition edition (1 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814731821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814731826
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 16.2 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 582,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fandom pushes the boundaries of fan studies in bold directions, incorporating high culture fandoms, global fan cultures, fan technologies, and antagonistic anti-fandom, while rethinking the core tenets of fan studies concerning aesthetics, place, intellectual property, and interpretive communities - all presented with a lively, accessible, and engaging writing style." - Jason Mittell, Middlebury College"

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Jonathan Gray is Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of Television Entertainment and Watching with The Simpsons: Television, Parody, and Intertextuality and co-editor of Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era and Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Mediated World.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By xinyi zhou on 17 Sept. 2013
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i bought it for my essay, it is helpful and the book is good, and the diliver is fast .
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Engaging and fun 6 Feb. 2008
By J. Aragon - Published on
Format: Paperback
I found this book on the new books shelf at the university library. It's a cross between a media studies/cultural studies expose of the study of fan culture. The different chapters in the anthology cover different genres tv shows (Sopranos), women in violent movies (_Kill Bill_) and the aesthetics of fandom.

The book was well-written, researched, and entertaining. I ate up this book and this says lots since I'm really in research and teaching mode. This book will be best served by a lay audience who is already interested in popular culture, media studies, communication, etc. A university audience will also find this book interesting in various courses in the humanities and social sciences.

I can't decide which chapter was my favourite---they were all great. But, I do think the Into, Sopranos, and Kill Bill chapters were the highlights for me.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Non-conventional pop culture studies 24 Sept. 2014
By Taylor Ellwood - Published on
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This is a collection of essays on pop culture studies, circa 2006, so some of the content is a bit dated, but all of it is interesting to read. However, one thing which stands out to me about this book is that many of the essays never really focused on identity in relationship to pop culture. I mention that only because I'd hoped to see more focus on that topic, and of course its in the title of the book. However what I did like about the book is that a number of essays focused on non-traditional fandom, with a focus on classical music, sports, and news fans, among other types, which made for some thought provoking reading. If you're interested in pop culture studies, or like me if you want to see what you can apply conceptually to practice based approaches to life, this book may provide some useful insights.
Useful content for fan scholars but the Kindle version is clumsy. 6 Mar. 2015
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My star rating reflects not the book's content, which is a really good collection of diverse fan criticisms and their approaches, but the version available on Kindle. There are no page numbers, rather citation relies on the clumsy Kindle location numbers. For a book whose primary purpose seems to be for scholarship, this is a frustrating issue.
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good 8 Feb. 2013
By Elyse Tierney - Published on
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It was lovely but a big misleading in terms of the cover being hardback, not the one from the picture. that said it was in great condition
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