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Toward a rhetoric of scholar-fandom

Author: Tanya R Cochran
Publisher: Atlanta, Ga. : Georgia State University, 2009.
Dissertation: Thesis (Ph. D.)--Georgia State University, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Document : Thesis/dissertation : State or province government publication : eBook   Computer File : English
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Individuals who consider themselves both scholars and fans represent not only a subculture of fandom but also a subculture of academia. These liminal figures seem suspicious to many of their colleagues, yet they are particularly positioned not only to be conduits to engaged learning for students but also to transform the academy by chipping away at the stereotypes that support the symbolic walls of the Ivory Tower.  Read more...
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Named Person: Joss Whedon
Material Type: Document, Thesis/dissertation, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tanya R Cochran
OCLC Number: 664372461
Notes: Title from title page (Digital Archive@GSU, viewed Sept. 17, 2010)
Lynée Lewis Gaillet, committee chair; Baotong Gu, Mary Hocks, committee members.
Description: 1 online resource (257 p.) : ill., (some col.)
Responsibility: by Tanya R. Cochran.

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Individuals who consider themselves both scholars and fans represent not only a subculture of fandom but also a subculture of academia. These liminal figures seem suspicious to many of their colleagues, yet they are particularly positioned not only to be conduits to engaged learning for students but also to transform the academy by chipping away at the stereotypes that support the symbolic walls of the Ivory Tower. Because they are growing in number and gaining influence in academia, the scholar-fans of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Buffy) and other texts by creator Joss Whedon are one focus of this dissertation. Though Buffy academics or Whedon scholars are not the only ones of their kind (e.g., academic- fan communities have cropped up around The Simpsons, The Matrix Trilogy, and the Harry Potter franchise), they have produced more literature and are more organized than any other academic-fan community. I approach all of my subjects--fandom, academia, fan-scholars, and scholar-fans--from a multidisciplinary perspective, employing various methodologies, including autoethnography and narrative inquiry. Taking several viewpoints and using mixed methods best allows me to begin identifying and articulating a rhetoric of scholar-fandom. Ultimately, I claim that Whedon academic-fans employ a discourse marked by intimacy, community, reciprocity, and transformation. In other words, the rhetoric of Whedon scholar-fandom promotes an epistemology--a way of knowing--that in Parker J. Palmer's paradigm is personal, communal, reciprocal, and transformational.

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