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January 12th, 2007

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11:02 am - 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)
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Date:January 16th, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)

Re: Book found!

Oh, sweet! I'd love that, actually. :-) Thank you!
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Date:January 12th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
I know that what we call "fan fiction" is at least as old as radio shows. Geo told me about . . . um . . . fanzines, I think . . . based on The Shadow radio shows.

It's interesting to see how far back things like this date, and how folk legends take on lives of their own, and how legends crop up around historical figures. Makes me wish I'd been a pop cult major.

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Date:January 12th, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
Not too surprising, since this state was named because of fanfic. :-D


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Date:January 12th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC)


Wow. I did not know that about my adopted state.

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