Before Fanfiction: Recovering the Literary History of American Media Fandom
Before Fanfiction investigates the overlapping cultures of fandom and American literature from the late 1800s to the mid-1940s, exploding the oft-repeated myth that fandom has its origins in the male-dominated letter columns of science fiction pulp magazines in the 1930s. By reexamining the work of popular American women writers and their fans, Alexandra Edwards recovers the literary history of American media fandom, drawing previously ignored fangirls into the spotlight.
About the Author
Alexandra Edwards teaches writing at Texas Christian University. She has won two Primetime Emmy Awards for her work producing interactive storytelling experiences for the popular web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Emma Approved.