Fanfiction anatomizes a text and in this textual nakedness fanfiction writers recognize gaps in their chosen source texts and seek to supplement these deficiencies through literary disruption. This essay focuses on the kind of fanfiction that critically disrupts through artistic cultural production—a practice that I am labeling performative criticism. I look at Racebending fanfiction that intervenes in the gaps of the Harry Potter series—specifically the gaps related to race. Using fanfiction produced by Harry Potter fans, I will show that by reading and writing fanfiction these writers are blurring demarcation between creative writing and literary criticism.
Petersen-Reed, Khaliah A.
"Fanfiction as Performative Criticism: Harry Potter Racebending,"
Journal of Creative Writing Studies: Vol. 4:
1, Article 10.
Available at: https://repository.rit.edu/jcws/vol4/iss1/10
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