|Also Known As:|
|Works:||Textual Poachers (1992), his Christmas Carol fan fiction, other works|
|Official Website(s):|| Confessions of an Acafan |
Henry3 at MIT
|On Fanlore:||Related pages|
- "Fan fiction is a way of the culture repairing the damage done in a system where contemporary myths are owned by corporations instead of owned by the folk." ~ Henry Jenkins (1997) 
Jenkins, who self-identifies as a fan, is a frequent attendee at fan cons and has created fanworks of his own.
He wrote a slash Scrooge/Marley story in the zine, Not What You Expect , Blake's 7 meta for Shadow #5, was a member of the APA Strange Bedfellows, and wrote Letters of Comment to at least one Star Trek: TOS letterzine, Hellguard Social Register.
During the FanLib brouhaha, the CEO of fanlib.com, Chris Williams, chose Jenkin's blog  to respond to questions and criticisms about the site. The choice of Jenkins as a representative or authority figure of media fandom was criticised at the time , and persuaded some fen of the need to create Organization for Transformative Works.
See Confessions of an Acafan for Jenkin's current going's on.
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The Mainstream Press' Go-To Guy
Jenkins was the person many journalists in the mid-1990s/early 2000s went to for quotes about fandom.
In 2002, one fan commented wryly about a Jenkins quote in an article: "And of course it won't surprise you to find Mr Rent A Quote himself Henry Jenkins in there. I'd love to know how much lecturing he gets to do in between his media appearances!" 
In 2002, another fan referred to the professor's ubiquitous presence as a quotable commentator: "OK, now the Aussies are getting in on the act. And they still manage to track down Henry Jenkins for a quote. The day man lands on Mars, the good Dr J will be there with a quote for the bemused Martians, no doubt!" In 2008, Jenkins commented about the mainstream attention he received after the publication of Textual Poachers, and noted the difference in reporters' attitudes sixteen years later:
Another factor must be acknowledged here—a similar pattern among reporters. When all of this began, I was being interviewed by reporters who were unfamiliar and often openly hostile to fandom. Now, most of the reporters who interview me for fan-related stories are themselves fans or have had some casual engagement with fandom. There are still negative stories being written, but by and large, there are really supportive stories emerging as fan academics are interviewed by fan journalists, thus providing a context for the other kinds of fans they are talking with for these stories. And as the media coverage shifts, as more people going through school are exposed to fan culture in their classes, and as the Internet makes fandom more visible, then fans are gaining much greater acceptance from friends and families. 
One of the most common criticisms of Textual Poachers is that it characterises fans as straight white college-educated women and draws conclusions about their motivations from this characterisation, something that actually excludes a large percentage of fen.
For more, see Textual Poachers.
- Textual poachers: Television fans and participatory culture. New York: Routledge. 1992.
- Foreword to Interacting with "Babylon 5": Fan performances in a media universe, by Kurt Lancaster. Austin: Univ. of Texas Press. 2001.
- Why Heather can write. Technology Review (February 6, 2004).
- Convergence culture. New York: New York Univ. Press. 2006
- Fans, bloggers, and gamers. New York: New York Univ. Press. 2006
- How to Watch a Fan-Vid. September 18, 2006
A Sample of Meta and Press That Quotes or Mentions Jenkins
- Cold Fish and Stale Chips #13 (1993)
- Dream On (1993)
- Bringing Home the Bacon (1995)
- The Generic Slash Defense Letter (1995)
- Pass the Crisco, Spock (1995/1996)
- In Dull TV Days, Favorites Take Wing Online (1997)
- Fans take control of TV...On-Line (around 1998?)
- If Fans Wrote the X-Files ... (1998)
- Minding One's P's and Q's (1998)
- Copy Catfight (2000)
- Hey Spock, Lookin' Good ... (2000)
- Luke Skywalker Is Gay? (2000)
- The E-Files (2001)
- The plot thickens in fan fiction (2003)
- Devotees post their own twists, turns of favorite series (2002)
- The strange world of fan fiction (2002)
- What to Do About Harry Potter Porn (2002)
- Essential Multimedia: Go on, make 'em do it (2002)
- When Hamlet met the A-Team (2002)
- For the love of... (2002)
- Taking Liberties With Harry Potter (2003)
- Harry Potter and the Curse of Disability (2004)
- In TV's Dull Summer Days, Plots Take Wing on the Net by Amy Harmon, New York Times, August 18, 1997;WebCite (accessed April 29, 2013).
- "Golden Idol" (22 pages), excerpted with his comments here
- Henry Jenkins and Camille Bacon-Smith at Gaylaxicon 1992 (Part One), [Part Two, TBA]
- Transcript of Academia and Our Culture, Part 1, Part. 2, 6 February 1993
- Chris Williams Responds to Our Questions about FanLib 25th of May, 2007 (Accessed 8th of November, 2008)
- bethbethbeth: Henry Jenkins and FanLib 22nd of May, 2007, (Accessed 8th of November, 2008)'
- When Fan Girls and Fan Boys Meet (Accessed 8th of November, 2008)
- Comment in DIAL #23 about the 2002 Sunday Times article When Hamlet met the A-Team
- from DIAL #24
- from A 2008 Interview with Henry Jenkins