Beyond the Legitimation Paradox: Fanwork, UGC and the Problem of Authorship

Judith Fathallah

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In 2017 I published ‘Fanfiction and the Author: How Fanfic Changes Popular Cultural Texts’ which proposed that fanfiction in the digital age legitimates itself paradoxically through reference to and affirmation of the traditional model of Romantic authorship. I established this via a large scale discourse analysis and quantitative study of reception. Now I contend that the new media environment poses some different challenges to the concept of authorship, via postmodern lenses such as fragmentation, flatness of affect, and pastiche especially in visual spaces. This poses series problems to the EU and UK’s present struggle over copyright law, which relies on a conception of authorship which is increasingly outdated in the digital world.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFan Studies Network Conference
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2019
EventFan Studies Network 2019 - Portsmouth University, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Duration: 28 Jul 201929 Jul 2019


ConferenceFan Studies Network 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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