The Power of "AH, E/B, Very OOC": Agency in Fanfiction Jargon

Alexandra Herzog

Abstract


Fannish jargon is extensively used in fanfiction writing, with its terminology pervading the fans’ discourse and stories so as to obstruct comprehension for non-fans. My essay discusses the functions of fanspeak in community-building and in fans’ claim to status as experts, focusing on the agency fanauthors thus create and demonstrate to the original authors of the meta-text.

Keywords


Fanfiction; Agency; Jargon; Community-building; Expertise

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