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Multilingual Fanfic

About the project

Status: active

Project team: Quinn Dombrowski, Steele Douris;

Collaborators: Masha Gorshkova, Antonio Lenzo;

Start date: Jan 15, 2019

Last updated: Jan 15, 2023

Stanford Literary Lab at DH Unbound 2022
May 17, 2022

Two presentations on fanfic
Dec 5, 2019

Fan studies scholarship commonly frames fan communities as spaces of creative freedom: both freedom to expand under-defined spaces within a fandom, and freedom to explore fantasies and identities whose expression is curtailed in the real world. In this project, our goal is to draw attention to the ways in which the “freedom” of fan-spaces is contextual, shaped by language; real-world culture, politics, and law; and the technical and taxonomic constraints of individual online spaces, using the Harry Potter fandom, one of the largest worldwide. This project examines how the affordances and conventions of three archives (Italian, Russian, and primarily-English and AO3), and the languages and cultures of their writers, have contributed to differences ranging from rating and genre to warnings, characters, and pairings.