Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


College of Humanities and Social Sciences



Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair

Jessica Restaino

Committee Member

Laura Nicosia

Committee Member

Daniel Bronson


As a topic for academic focus, fan fiction provides a unique medium for studying how multiple factors intersect with and influence a writer from invention to creation through revision. The act of writing fan fiction itself provides multiple possibilities for engaging with and analyzing a source text. In addition, an interactive online fan fiction community formed and based around a specific idea becomes, not only a location for sharing common interests, but also a space for active discourse. Arguments presented in a fan fiction online community are strengthened and supported through the writings posted within its frames. My thesis studies an active Buffy the Vampire Slayer (BtVS) online fan fiction community in order to suggest how fan fiction writing, in addition to being creative and interest-based endeavor, can also be considered analytical and critical writing. Keeping these points in mind, I suggest how fan fiction writing can apply to and has relevancy within the introduction to college writing classroom.

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