1. Introduction: Representing Fandom.
2. The Dominant Discourse of Resistance: Fandom and Power.
3. A Text Called Home: Fandom Between Performance and Place.
4. The Inner Fan: Fandom and Psychoanalysis.
5. Fandom as Extension of Self: Self-Reflection and Narcissism.
6. Fan Texts: From Polysemy to Neutrosemy.
7. Conclusion: One-Dimensional Fan?.
Cornel Sandvoss, Lecturer in the Department of Department of Culture, Media and Communication at the University of Surrey
"A magisterial book, which expands the range of examples in the
discussion, opens up a range of new questions, and poses some
provocative new conceptual models. Many established scholars
(myself among them) are going to spend many hours rebutting or
revising some of his claims, but we are also going to appreciate
the catalyst he provides for us to question and rethink our own
positions. Let the sparks fly!"
Henry Jenkins, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"This is an important, critical contribution to debates on
fandom. Sandvoss expertly introduces and analyses key works in fan
studies, but more than that, Fans: The Mirror of Consumption offers
its own intriguing new theories of fan interpretation. A must-read
book for anyone interested in how media texts can come to mean so
much to so many people."
"This book develops the study of fandom in significant new
directions, integrating analyses of social, psychological and
textual processes. It will serve as a benchmark for future research
on audiences, fans and textuality, and should be widely