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Summary: Henry Jenkins’ “Quentin Tarantino’s Star Wars?”

Henry Jenkins’ essay “Quentin Tarantino’s Star Wars?” describes the waves of regulation and independence experienced by the fanfiction culture behind the Star Wars franchise. He chronicles the struggles of Lucasfilm to determine its stance on fan adaptation and participation within the culture of its established intellectual property. Jenkins begins by discussing the Atomfilms contests that … Continue reading

Response: “Unscholarly Faith” and Categorization as Invasions of Privacy in “Private Uses of Cyberspace”

Sharon Cumberland’s “Private Uses of Cyberspace: Women, Desire, and Fan Culture” examines the importance of gender roles and identification in a variety of fan fiction communities. The chapter suffers from Cumberland’s obsession over her inability to assert the factuality of her evidence and her desire to quantify and categorize the readers and writers within these … Continue reading