The Metaphor of Cyberspace: Conceptualizing a New Body

From Fanlore
Jump to: navigation, search
Commentary
Title: The Metaphor of Cyberspace: Conceptualizing a New Body
Commentator: Dr. Beth Kolko
Date(s): Spring 1997
Medium: online
Fandom: meta
External Links: fan fiction chapter
Click here for related articles on Fanlore.

The Metaphor of Cyberspace: Conceptualizing a New Body is an essay written by Dr. Beth Kolko in the Spring of 1997. It contains a chapter on fan fiction titled "Excursus: Fan Culture, The Other, and Textuality ". It was cited in Jae's essay "Young, Female, Single? A Study of Demographics and Writing-/Reading-Habits of Fanfiction Writers and Readers.

Excerpt: "Fans take the "original" material and create their own stories, art, and magazines. They rewrite characters around their own lives, placing the original character under erasure. The character is still visible, even if in name only, but it is inadequate to embody their lives, so they infuse themselves in it- write new characters and situations around it. They "turn the power of the media to their own advantage and... reclaim the media for their own purposes" in order to construct visual, literary and musical art that "extends the body of the primary text"".