Karen Hellekson

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Name: Karen Hellekson
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Occupation: editor, writer, scholar, acafan
Medium: print and blog
Official Website(s): http://karenhellekson.com/
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Karen Hellekson is one of the founding editors of the OTW's peer reviewed, Open Access academic journal, Transformative Works and Cultures. She also co-edited with Kristina Busse Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet (McFarland 2006) and The Fan Fiction Studies Reader (U of Iowa Press 2014).

Her other works include Practicing Science Fiction: Critical Essays on Writing, Reading and Teaching the Genre (2010, McFarland), The Alternate History: Refiguring Historical Time (Kent State University Press 2001), and The Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith (McFarland 2001)


Selected Articles

  • “Fandom and Fan Culture.” In The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction, edited by Eric Carl Link and Gerry Canavan, 153–163. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  • “Fan Fiction.” In The Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media, edited by Marie-Laure Ryan, Lori Emerson, and Benjamin J. Robertson, 188–190. Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014.
  • “Forbrydelsen, The Killing, Duty, and Ethics.” In Remake Television: Reboot, Re-use, Recycle, edited by Carlen Lavigne, 131–140. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield/Lexington Books.
  • “‘Doctor Who Unbound,’ the Alternate History and the Fannish Text.” In Doctor Who: Fan Phenomena, edited by Paul Booth, 128–135. Chicago: Intellect, 2013.
  • Kristina Busse and Karen Hellekson. “Identity, Ethics, and Fan Privacy.” In Fan Culture, edited by Katherine Larsen and Lynn Zubernis, 38–56. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.
  • “Creating a Fandom via YouTube: Verbotene Liebe and Fansubbing.” In New Media Literacies and Participatory Popular Culture Across Borders, edited by Bronwyn T. Williams and Amy A. Zenger, 180–192. New York: Routledge, 2012.
  • “Fan Fiction.” In Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction, edited by Leigh Ronald Grossman, 619–621. n.p.: Wildside Press, 2011.
  • “Memory and the 1996 American Remake of Doctor Who.” In American Remakes of British Television: Transformations and Mistranslations, edited by Carlen Lavigne and Heather Marcovitch, 159–172. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2011.
  • “History, the Trace, and Fandom Wank.” In Writing and the Digital Generation: Essays on New Media Rhetoric, edited by Heather Urbanski, 58–69. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2010.
  • “A Fannish Field of Value: Online Fan Gift Culture,” in “In Focus: Fandom and Feminism,” edited by Kristina Busse. Cinema Journal 48 (2009): 113–118.
  • “From Irrelevance to On-Demand: Changing Models of Dissemination.” FlowTV, January 31, 2008. Available at: http://flowtv.org/?p=1140.
  • “Confronting Enterprise Slash Fan Fiction.” Extrapolation 44 (spring 2003): 69–82. (Bylined under a pseudonym.) Reprinted in Youth Subcultures: Exploring Underground America, edited by Arielle Greenberg, 86–97. New York: Pearson Longman, 2007.

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