Louisa Stein

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Name: Louisa Stein
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Occupation: Vidder, teacher, Acafan
Official Website(s): Louisa Stein@Middlebury
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Louisa Stein is a fan studies academic and a professor in the Department of Film and Media Culture at Middlebury College. She has written several key essays on remix and fan culture and teaches various courses on fandom.

Selected Bibliography of Fandom-Related Work



  • “Gossip Girl: Transmedia Technologies,” in eds. Ethan Thompson and Jason Mittell. How to Watch Television. New York: New York University Press, 2013.
  • “#Bowdown to Your New God: Misha Collins and Decentered Authorship in the Digital Age,” in eds. Jonathan Gray and Derek Johnson. Companion to Media Authorship. Malden: Blackwell-Wiley, 2013.
  • “Teaching Textual Poachers,” in Henry Jenkins, Textual Poachers 20th Anniversary Reissue. Routledge, 2012.
  • “‘Word of Mouth on Steroids’: Interpellating the Millennial as Media Fan” in Eds. Michael Kackman et. al. Flow TV: Television in the Age of Media Convergence. New York: Routledge, 2010. 128-143.
  • “What you don't know": Supernatural fan vids and millennial theology.” Symposium essay. Transformative Works and Cultures Volume 4 (2010). http://journal.transformativeworks.org/index.php/twc/article/view/192/158
  • Limit Play: Fan Authorship between Source Text, Intertext, and Context. Co-written with Kristina Busse. Popular Communication 7.4 (2009). 192-207.
  • “Playing Dress Up: Digital Fashion and Gamic Extensions of Televisual Experience in Gossip Girl’s Second Life.” In Focus essay. Cinema Journal 48.3 (2009).
  • “‘Emotions-Only’ versus ‘Special People’: Genre in fan discourse.” Transformative Works and Cultures Volume 1 (2008). http://journal.transformativeworks.org/index.php/twc/article/view/43/65
  • “‘This Dratted Thing’: Fannish Storytelling through New Media” in Eds. Kristina Busse and Karen Hellekson. Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2006. 245-260.
  • “‘They Cavort, You Decide’: Transgenericism, Queerness, and Fan Interpretation in Teen TV.” Spectator 25.2 (Spring 2005). 11-22.
  • “Off topic: Oh my God U.S. Terrorism! Roswell fans respond to 11 September.” European Journal of Cultural Studies 5.4 (2002): 471-491.

Other Writing

Talks and Presentations

  • “’It is a Truth Universally Acknowledged,’ Lizzie Bennet, Vlogger” Media in Transition, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013.
  • “Single/Taken/In an Abusive Relationship With Ryan Murphy’s Writing”: Love, Hate, and Ambivalence in Fandom.” Participant in roundtable, “Antifandom in the Digital Age.” Flow Conference, Austin, Texas, 2012.
  • “@mishacollins: Twitter and Fan/Celebrity Authorship.” Media in Transition, 2011.
  • “Acafandom and the Future of Fan Studies.” Workshop convener and chair. Society for Cinema and Media Studies. New Orleans, 2011.
  • “Rethinking the Audience/Producer Relationship.” Roundtable convener and presenter. Flow Conference. University of Texas at Austin, 2010.
  • “The Mad Women Go Online: the Mad Men Twitter Network.” Console-ing Passions. University of Oregon at Eugene, 2010.
  • “Participatory Cultures: From Wikipedia to Vidding.” Chair and participant. Diversifying Participation: Digital Media and Learning Conference. La Jolla, CA, 2010.
  • “Sons and Brothers: Sexuality and Race in Supernatural Fan Videos.” Console-ing Passions. University of California, Santa Barbara, 2008.
  • “Videogames, Fan Creativity, and Gendered Authorship: Complicating Dichotomies.” Console-ing Passions. University of California, Santa Barbara, 2008.
  • “Hailing the Fan: Diegetic and Extradiegetic Expansion in Official Online Interfaces.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Philadelphia, 2008.
  • “Say it with Sims: Fan Creativity and New Media.” Console-ing Passions. University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, 2006.
  • “Vanished vs. Kidnapped: Discourses of Taste and Evaluation in Online Fan Communities.” Flow Conference, University of Texas at Austin, 2006.
  • “‘Update’: Seriality in Online Media-Based Role Playing Games.” Media in Transition. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005.
  • “‘In Real Time:’ Role Playing Games and the Inflection of Fantasy in the Everyday.” International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts. Fort Lauderdale, 2005.
  • “‘They Cavort, You Decide’: Fan Discourse on Intentionality and Queerness in Teen TV.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Atlanta, 2004.
  • “TV Noir 101: Genre as Discourse in the WB’s Angel.” Media in Transition, 2003.
  • “It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a Rip-Off?! Smallville and Generic Evolution.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Minneapolis, 2003.
  • “Roswell and the Art of Lip Gloss: Fan Discourse of Fashion and Style on the WB.” Consoleing Passions. University of Bristol, 2001.