Literacies on the Web: Co-Production of Literary Texts on Fan Fiction Sites

Literacies on the Web: Co-Production of Literary Texts on Fan Fiction Sites

Christina Olin-Scheller (Karlstad University, Sweden) and Patrik Wikström (Jönköping International Business School, Sweden)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-206-2.ch005
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Abstract

In this chapter the authors discuss and informal learning settings such as fan fiction sites and their relations to teaching and learning within formal learning settings. Young people today spend a lot of time with social media built on user generated content. These media are often characterized by participatory culture which offers a good environment for developing skills and identity work. In this chapter the authors problematize fan fiction sites as informal learning settings where the possibilities to learn are powerful and significant. They also discuss the learning processes connected to the development of literacies. Here the rhetoric principle of “imitatio” plays a vital part as well as the co-production of texts on the sites, strongly supported by the beta reader and the power of positive feedback. They also display that some fans, through the online publication of fan fiction, are able to develop their craft in a way which previously have been impossible.

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