This chapter explores approaches and understandings of fan studies to theorize forms of (higher-cultural) media consumption where fandom may not be explicitly or commonly used as a discourse by participants, but where fan-like activities and practices can nevertheless be shown, analytically, to be significant. Thus “implicit fandom” becomes one meaningful future direction for broadening the scope of how we understand “fandom” and the array of cultural artifacts we could articulate with fan discourses. To exemplify these debates, a case study of “fans” of a contemporary “Great Author,” Jonathan Franzen, considered as part of the “new literary middlebrow” (Driscoll 2014) is presented. This includes theorizing fan-like activities such as debating Franzen’s work online, attending talks and literature festivals, and collecting signed first editions.
|Title of host publication||A Companion to Media Fandom and Fan Studies|
|Place of Publication||Boston|
|Number of pages||18|
|ISBN (Print)||9781119237167, 1119237165|
|Publication status||Published - 11 Apr 2018|