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ASTU 400G Interdisciplinary Studies in Arts - FANWRKS INTERNET

For upper-division students in the Faculty of Arts. Topics announced annually.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3

Status Section Activity Term Mode of Delivery Interval Days Start Time End Time Section Comments Course Requires
In-Person Attendance
BlockedASTU 400G 001Seminar2In-Person Tue Thu14:0015:30

This course surveys current internet fan culture, analyzing fanart, fan fiction, fan videos, cosplay, and online fan spaces in the context of gender studies, critical theory, queer theory, sociology, and other critical discourses. Questions this course will pose include; what is a fanwork? Why do people create fanworks? What is a fan? What is a fanwork's relationship with its text of origin? Are fanworks queer art? Are fanworks anti-capitalist art? Is creating a fanwork a political act? What is the relationship between fanworks and children's literature? How do fanworks represent and discuss the body?

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In 200 words or less, please submit a statement of intent that addresses the following:
- Why do you want to take the seminar? What are your motivations- personal, academic, etc- for studying this topic, in this format?
- Why would you be an asset to the class? Explain why you are well-suited for a dynamic discussion-based course.
- Your program of study and any previous history with fandom/fanworks/fan culture (students of any level of familiarity with the topic are welcome to apply). Statements can be submitted to by September 30th, 2020.