All ETDs from UAB

Advisory Committee Chair

Alison Chapman

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Date of Award


Degree Name by School

Master of Arts in Education (MAE) School of Education


With the increase of authors altering and publishing fanfiction as original works of fiction, the practices and attitudes of fan communities cross over into the realm of traditional fiction. Throughout its history, fandom is a community built on the shared love of a piece of media or celebrity. The importance of community appears in fanfiction through Author’s Notes and comments sections; both of which traditionally published novels generally lack. When authors choose to make the transition to traditional publication which provides legitimacy that fanfiction lacks, they must remove most of their own identity and the fan-community that they originally relied on. The study of five popular examples of this practice of “filing the serial numbers off” illustrates different ways authors and publishers choose to acknowledge the novels’ fanfiction origins.

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