Transformative Works and Cultures releases its seventh issue today, September 15, 2011. The new issue features a diverse array of articles: on cosplay and hurt/comfort, on music fandom, Buffy, Twilight, and Iron Man. More information beneath the cut!
Several essays in this issue focus on the nature of performance: Jen Gunnels and Carrie J. Cole, in "Culturally Mapping Universes: Fan Production as Ethnographic Fragments," consider fans as what they call ethnodramaturgs, thus emphasizing the performative aspect of fan creation and interpretation; and Nicolle Lamerichs's "Stranger than Fiction: Fan Identity in Cosplay" analyzes the performance and play inherent in costuming and cosplay.
Two essays focus on music fandom: Kristine Weglarz's "Lifting the Curse: Pearl Jam's 'Alive' and 'Bushleaguer' and the Marketplace of Meanings" analyzes Pearl Jam's fan reaction to an overtly political statement, where the band removed ambiguity of interpretation. Lucy Bennett, in "Delegitimizing Strategic Power: Normative Identity and Governance in Online R.E.M. Fandom," analyzes Murmurs, a fan site, and its self-policing attempt to normalize fan behavior.
Two essays focus on particular fandoms. Amanda L. Hodges and Laurel P. Richmond, in "Taking a Bite out of Buffy: Carnivalesque Play and Resistance in Fan Fiction," apply Bakhtinian theory to fan fiction. Jacqueline Marie Pinkowitz, in "'The rabid fans that take [Twilight] much too seriously': The Construction and Rejection of Excess in Twilight Antifandom," analyzes a specific antifan group and the way they present themselves as arbiters of taste.
The Symposium essays in this issue take on the genre of hurt/comfort (Judith May Fathallah, "H/c and Me: An Autoethnographic Account of a Troubled Love Affair"), perform a close reading of _Iron Man_ fan fic (Hui Min Annabeth Leow, "Subverting the Canon in Feminist Fan Fiction: 'Concession'"), apply the medieval concept of the lover to assess old and new ways of collaboration (Vera Keller, "The 'Lover' and Early Modern Fandom"), and confront TWC's ethical guidelines (Francesca Musiani, "Editorial Policies, 'Public Domain,' and Acafandom").
Two book reviews of timely titles round out the issue: Nancy K. Baym's Personal Connections in the Digital Age (Polity Press, 2010, reviewed by Elizabeth Ellcessor) and Sarah Lynne Bowman's The Function of Role-Playing Games (McFarland, 2010, reviewed by Sean Duncan).
TWC No. 8, a special double guest-edited issue on Race and Ethnicity in Fandom (Sarah Gatson and Robin Anne Reid) and Textual Echoes (Berit Åström, Katarina Greggersdotter, Malin Isaksson, Maria Lindgren Leavenworth, and Maria Svensson), is slated for release on November 15, 2011. In 2012, look for two more guest-edited issues in addition to our usual September general issue: Remix/Fan Video (Francesca Coppa and Julie Levin Russo) and Fan Activism (Henry Jenkins and Sangita Shresthova).