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Latebreaking news:

Panel assignments for this year's PCA is up: I am chairing and presenting in the "Loving Slash" panel. AW YEAH.

ABSTRACT:

Rewriting the Romance of Avengers Fandom

The history of slash fandom in general has long been only a partial record, thanks in part to the samizdat-like nature of most early fan publications and the difficulty of maintaining long-term web archives. However, thanks to the increasing visibility and acceptance of fan activities, fan works have gained a new profile as easily accessible and widely disseminated through the Internet. Thus, it is actually possible to review the inception and growth of new fandoms, more or less in real time. A new/old fandom of particular interest is that of the Avengers comics, with their popular protagonists Captain America and Iron Man. Introduced in 1963 and now with almost fifty years of history, reboots, rewrites, and retcons, their stories have been told, retold, and revisited more times than Stan Lee has cameoed in Marvel Pictures films. New fans, intrigued by the films, have discovered both the original comics and their online fandoms, adapting those aspects they find most attractive from various universes for their own fan works. Tropes specific to each branch of fandom have appeared (eg. the assumption that the Movieverse Captain America is a virgin who is eventually seduced by Iron Man in romance novel fashion), while the repeal of DADT and the legalization of gay marriage in New York spawned dozens of stories of celebration that are essentially pan-fandom. The popularity of the Steve/Tony pairing has grown exponentially with the steady burgeoning of the fandom thanks to the crossover appeal of the movies. This paper will examine the roots of Stony fandom in the comics and its crossover into movie fandom and beyond.

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aadarshinah
Jan. 23rd, 2013 11:40 pm (UTC)
sounds absolutely fascinating. Lucky you!
caitri
Jan. 24th, 2013 06:13 pm (UTC)
NERD GLEE!!!!!
wobblebut
Jan. 24th, 2013 06:35 am (UTC)
Sounds interesting. Can you share your presentation materials after the event?
caitri
Jan. 24th, 2013 06:14 pm (UTC)
Sure! I typically share my unpublished research f-locked on lj, so I can add you if we're not friends already (I'm horrible about stuff like that) and you can read it here. :)
wobblebut
Jan. 25th, 2013 07:12 am (UTC)
Add me to your f-list, plz? *batting eyelashes*
caitri
Jan. 25th, 2013 02:20 pm (UTC)
YES! Done! sorry! I meant to do that when I replied and promptly forgot because I am a flea and this is why I can't have nice things. >_>
wobblebut
Jan. 25th, 2013 02:24 pm (UTC)
Np! Thank you <3
amine_eyes
Jan. 24th, 2013 10:05 am (UTC)
Oooh interesting! :DDD
caitri
Jan. 24th, 2013 06:14 pm (UTC)
<333333333333333333333333333333333333
treksnoopy
Jan. 24th, 2013 06:13 pm (UTC)
You are gonna blow this out of the water!
caitri
Jan. 24th, 2013 06:15 pm (UTC)
<3333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333

and for good measure: <33 ;)
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