COMM 473 - Media Fandom
Winter 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Communication and Media (COMM)
Department: LSA Communication and Media
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Credit Exclusions:
No more than three credits can be elected from COMM 450-490.
Waitlist Capacity:
Enforced Prerequisites:
Declared Communication and Media seniors only.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course introduces students to the study of media fandom. The aim is to provide a critical understanding of how and why fans perform their investment in particular media texts and figures, from engagement in grassroots cultural practices (e.g., fan fiction, fancasting) to participating in industry-driven events such as Comic-Con. In doing so, we explore the evolution of fandom from a ridiculed and pathologized fringe activity to one that is now largely celebrated and integral to mainstream production and promotional logics. This includes readings on different forms of affective investment in media; negotiations between audiences and producers; and specific fan cultures’ meaning-making practices in relation to identity, technology, labor, the law, activism, and beyond.

Intended Audience:

This capstone seminar is intended for Comm and Media majors in their final year of study.


COMM 473 - Media Fandom
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Capstone reserved for declared Communication and Media seniors only.

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