Fandom: Pop Subculture in a Digital Age

Week 1
1/29/14
Week 1: Fandom as Performative Ritual

HW: Create and annotate an an autobiographical fandom timeline.


Read: Optional:
Week 2
2/5/14

Class Struggle and Stigma in Fandom/ Fandom as Personal Identity

HW: Perform and document one of the Fanlike activities. Stay away from fic for now. Remember, to be true fandom, it has to be social.

Optional:

Week 3
2/12/14

Fan Mentality (Where do Fans Come From)

Reading:

Optional:

Week 4
2/19/14

Fangroup Formation and Group Motivations

HW: Introduce us to a fan group and document it engaging in agroup cohesion activitie

Optional:

Week 5
2/26/14

Fangroup Motivations...Part 2

Reading:

Optional

Week 6
3/5/14

GUEST : Fandom Brand Management

Reading:

Optional

Week 7
3/12/14

Commercial Fandom and Commoditized Rebellion

HW:

  • The 'infiltrate a mall store' assignment
  • Midterm Check-in

Reading:

Optional:

Break
Week 8
3/26/14

Textual Poaching: Fan-fiction, World- Borrowing, and the C Word (Copyright), also pilgrimages

HW: The Fan fiction assignment

Watch:

Go to:

 

Week 9
4/2/14

GUEST : Crowdsourcing from nerds

Reading:

Optional

Week 10
4/9/14

Authenticity Issues in Fandom

Listen:

Straight Outta Chevy Chase

Reading:

Optional reading:
  • Wikinomics
Week 11
4/16/14

GUEST(s): Prosumption

HW: Prepare Final Topic

Reading:

Week 12
4/23/14

When Fandom Goes Wrong

Homework: Welcome to Sanditon - explore all its facets, nooks and crannies.

Week 13
4/30/14

Fandom Singularity

& Guest critique

Week 14
5/7/13
FINAL Projects


Books
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Grading
Attendance (including being on time), class discussion participation: 70%
Assignments (including final): 30%

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Midterm Check-in
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