Postgraduate students research a broad range of topics across the School disciplines.
Reading and Writing Fan Fiction: Exploring the social practices of those who read and write online fan ficiton
My Thesis is exploring the conception of online community through an examination of those who read and write fan fiction. Online fan fiction has often been referred to as a community. However this claim has not been actively interrogated. Through a variety of online qualitative research methods my thesis seeks to examine the practices of those who read and write fan fiction through the lens of 'community' in order to determine- what is an online community? And is online fan fiction a community?
My thesis examines the question- what is an online community? Can online community exist? These are increasingly pertinent questions and people live an increasing proportion of their live online, or mediated through technology.