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Shelley Ingram, Willow G. Mullins, and Todd Richardson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496822956

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496822956.001.0001

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On Fanfiction and the Amateur/ Professional Divide

On Fanfiction and the Amateur/ Professional Divide

(p.44) On Fanfiction and the Amateur/ Professional Divide
Implied Nowhere

Shelley Ingram

University Press of Mississippi

One of the primary criticisms of fandom and fanfiction writers is that they are trespassing on grounds best left preserved for the “professionals.” Their very existence threatens the boundaries between expert and amateur, between trained artists and “usurpers.” This chapter surveys the debates surrounding the proper place of fanfiction and other fan-produced work in the hierarchy of both folklore studies and artistic production in general, arguing that such debates are an interesting corollary to discussions about fraudulent folklore and the amateur folklorist.

Keywords:   Fanfiction, fandom, professionalization, amateur

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