Who Run the (Fandom) World? Girls, Love, Sex, Desire and the Transformative Power of Queer Narratives

April 23

5:00pm - 7:30pm

Presented by Professor Clarissa Clò
Department of European Studies
San Diego State University

Free and open to the public:

In the digital age, fanfiction has emerged as one of the most powerful tools for youth, women, queer, and ethnic minorities to rewrite and reinvent different forms of histories, and ultimately shape alternative futures for their communities. Fanfiction refers to stories written by fans of a particular show so passionate about the characters and invested in their story lines that they literally take action to redress or expand what has captivated their imagination on screen, but left them frustrated with the original creation.

In her presentation, Clò will discuss the practice of fanfiction as transformative creative criticism from below. She will draw examples from fanfiction produced both in the US and
in Italy by fans of Brittana, the fictional interethnic (relation)ship constituted by the two female cheerleaders, Brittany S. Pierce and Santana Lopez from the TV series Glee (2009-2015).

Tuesday, April 23

Lindsay Hall, Sturm 281

Reception: 5-6 p.m.

Talk: 6-7:30 p.m.