Fandom and Creativity, Including Fan Art, Fan Fiction, and Cosplay

10 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2017  

Jon Garon

Shepard Broad College of Law

Date Written: July 23, 2017

Abstract

Fandom has grown into a sufficiently important cultural phenomenon that it has engendered a number of scholarly journals, books, and conferences. As with any academic discipline, there are a multitude of theories and schools of thought on the cultural significance and motivating structure of these communities. These studies tend to focus on the complex relationship between the fan community and the producers of the creative works. While the theoretical understanding of this dynamic tension is worthy of study, the focus of this chapter is primarily on the practical implications of these phenomena and the Con organizer’s ability to foster these relationships.

Keywords: Fandom, cosplay, fan fiction

JEL Classification: K1, L82, L83

Suggested Citation

Garon, Jon, Fandom and Creativity, Including Fan Art, Fan Fiction, and Cosplay (July 23, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3007404

Jon M. Garon (Contact Author)

Shepard Broad College of Law ( email )

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Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314
United States

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