izhilzha (izhilzha) wrote,

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Fan fiction: not so new!

Most of us realize this, on some level, but here's a book that puts it into historical perspective for us all (thank you for finding this, jhall1):

Afterlife Of Character, 1726-1825

The Afterlife of Character, 1726-1825 reconstructs how eighteenth-century British readers invented further adventures for beloved characters, including Gulliver, Falstaff, Pamela, and Tristram Shandy. Far from being close-ended and self-contained, the novels and plays in which these characters first appeared were treated by many as merely a starting point, a collective reference perpetually inviting augmentation through an astonishing wealth of unauthorized sequels.

Sound familiar? I think I need to read this book! :-)

(x-posted to fanthropology)
Tags: academia, book, fan fic, fannish, link

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