We are all fans. Whether we log on to Web sites to scrutinize the latest plot turns in Lost, astalka our favorite celebrities on Gawker, attend gaming conventions, or simply wait with bated breath for the newest Harry Potter novelaeach of us is a fan. Fandom extends beyond television and film to literature, opera, sports, and pop music, and encompasses both high and low culture. Fandom brings together leading scholars to examine fans, their practices, and their favorite texts. This unparalleled selection of original essays examines instances across the spectrum of modern cultural consumption from Karl Marx to Paris Hilton, Buffy the Vampire Slayer to backyard wrestling, Bach fugues to Bollywood cinema Is and nineteenth-century concert halls to computer gaming. Contributors examine fans of high cultural texts and genres, the spaces of fandom, fandom around the globe, the impact of new technologies on fandom, and the legal and historical contexts of fan activity. Fandom is key to understanding modern life in our increasingly mediated and globalized world.Backyard wrestlers build their own rings, use trampolines as rings, or simply spray paint a square on the ground, where they perform free for audiences of schoolmates and friends. The development of backyard wrestling depended as much onanbsp;...
|Author||:||Jonathan Gray, C. Lee Harrington, Cornel Sandvoss|
|Publisher||:||NYU Press - 2007-06-01|