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dc.contributor.authorFathallah, Judith
dc.date.accessioned2023-11-08T12:59:17Z
dc.date.available2023-11-08T12:59:17Z
dc.date.issued2023
dc.identifier.urihttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/79407
dc.description.abstractKiller Fandom is the first long-form treatment of serial killer fandom. Fan studies have mostly ignored this most moralized form of fandom, as a stigmatized Bad Other in implicit tension with the field’s successful campaign to recuperate the broader fan category. Yet serial killer fandom, as Judith May Fathallah shows in the book, can be usefully studied with many of the field’s leading analytic frameworks. After tracing the pre-digital history of fans, mediated celebrity, and killers, Fathallah examines contemporary fandom through the lens of textual poaching, affective community, subcultural capital, and play. With close readings of fan posts, comments, and mashups on Tumblr, TikTok, and YouTube, alongside documentaries, podcasts, and a thriving “murderabilia” industry, Killer Fandom argues that this fan culture is, in many ways, hard to distinguish from more “mainstream” fandoms. Fan creations around Aileen Wuornos, Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, and Richard Ramirez, among others, demonstrate a complex and shifting stance toward their objects—marked by parodic humor and irony in many cases. Killer Fandom ultimately questions—given our crime-and violence-saturated media culture—whether it makes sense to set Dahmer and Wuornos “fans” apart from the rest of us.en_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesMedia Manifold Seriesen_US
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::B Biography & True Stories::BT True stories::BTC True crimeen_US
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JF Society & culture: general::JFC Cultural studies::JFCA Popular cultureen_US
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JF Society & culture: general::JFD Media studiesen_US
dc.subject.otherPopular culture;Media studies;True crime: serial killers and murderersen_US
dc.titleKiller Fandomen_US
dc.title.alternativeFan Studies and the Celebrity Serial Killeren_US
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.32376/3f8575cb.c2702120en_US
oapen.relation.isPublishedBy64e0d223-5f1a-4b47-8420-5c9602f55a59en_US
oapen.relation.isFundedBy9f66fd3d-0360-4671-abc3-429ac1cd1ae1en_US
oapen.relation.isbn9781951399368en_US
oapen.relation.isbn9781951399252en_US
oapen.relation.isbn9781951399245en_US
oapen.series.number2en_US
oapen.pages259en_US
oapen.grant.programPilot University OA Fund 2023-2024 - Books


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