I need a hero: reconstructing gender and feminism through Disney's Kim Possible slash fanfiction and the hero/villain dynamic

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2014

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DeCristoforo, Maria Theresa

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Abstract

This project studies how people negotiate gender and sexuality online by exploring an Internet femslash fan-fiction community. Femslash fan-fiction, a genre of virtual romantic fiction pairing two "powerful" female characters from modern media, is a form of cultural practice that expresses community identity, digital personhood, and liminal gender and sexual identity by transferring masculine power to female characters. Using seminal works of psychological anthropology and Bakhtinian modes of authorship, coupled with participant observation, traditional and online interviews, Internet surveys, and text/content analysis, my project illuminates the ever-expanding grassroots online movement directly challenging the roles of women in mainstream media outlets.

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Anthropology of Cyberspace, Digital Personhood, Fanfiction, Femslash, Kim Possible, Online Ethnography

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Anthropology