Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture [Henry Jenkins] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The twentieth anniversary. Textual Poachers has ratings and 34 reviews. Sarah said: I loved this book and am currently fangirling Henry Jenkins. Which is something I would like. Review: Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture by Henry Jenkins. Gregg Rickman. FILM QUART Vol. 46 No. 4, Summer, (p. 63) DOI: .

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In when Poachers came out I never imagined that it would still be in print a decade later, let alone still being actively taught. This book would no doubt provide fodder for many discussions in SE. Written back init was one of the first books to really take fandom including fan fiction, slash fiction, fanzines, and the like seriously, to analyze it in a completely respectful way, and to come up with a lot of terminology to talk about how fandom functions.

His section on filks is very limited, ‘the early part of the hook is excellent! He got a lot of input from fans and he treats us like people who are engaged in activities which interest him, rather than as case studies in maladjustment. He uses media fandom to say, bullshit.

Eye-opening for fans and non-fans alike; sympathetic, intelligent, and readable; backed by hours of research and interviews; this book is a must-read for anyone interested i I first read this book several years ago, and picked it up again because of the 20th anniversary re-release. One of the books by an author that was one of the Pioneers into Fan studies, its a must have for anyone who is interested in the field.

Especially since Beauty and the Beast was one of those sub-par, almost cultish shows. Jsnkins a fascinating read, though, and pretty much mandatory for anyone serious about their media fandom.

I first read ;oachers book several years ago, and picked it up again because of the 20th anniversary re-release. Most of the quotations, songs, story ppoachers and illustrations come from a small group of well established fans, those who are both articulate and comfortable within fandom and its various sub-groupings. One reason I don’t talk about the private lives of fans in Textual Poachers textul, even though that’s something that as an ethnographer I’m trained to want to find out, and anchor this in social experience and so forth, was, it seemed to me rude, it violated the code of fandom, a sense of the way fandom conceived itself, and I was uncomfortable with a lot of the generalizations that Camille makes in her book about personal life, because I think she crosses that line.


It was massively influential in the development of fan studies and coincidentally introduced many new fans to media fandom. Fandom is a culture in its own right.

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This well written and highly readable book has done a great service in single handedly promoting the possibility of academic fan studies an invitation which has been taken up by numbers of others since. This is the seminal foundational text in terms of academic studies of fandom.

Jenkins steers a realistic middle course between the get-a-life stereotype and the rose-colored view that fandom is an extended ideal family. At the time, I sent out copies of the manuscript to everyone quoted, and I still have a bulging file of letters I received in response from countless fan women. I found myself completely engrossed in his concepts, evolution, and hierarchies of fandom, and would love t I had to read an excerpt of this book for class, but found myself picking up a copy for some light reading.

I saw myself as an agent of dialogue. Some researchers do not network with fans due to the fear that a known act of observation will change that which is being observed.

It’s a bit academic in spots I still don’t know what a meta-text is but it’s a well thought out, researched, fan-friendly portrait of our sub-culture. It’s a very good snapshot of fandom in the late 80s – the range of fandoms, types of fans, and most importantly the method of analysis were sound 2. I saw Poachers as provisional work, as tentative work. As a teenager, I’d read Star Trek: Jenkins talks a lot about the difference between male and female fans, and the fact that the slash relationship we write about is really an idealized version of what women wish relationships were like, but he misses the hemry.

I tend to believe Jenkins. Jenkins’ own aesthetic is so populist that he actually approves of the audience appropriating corporate culture and making it their own, so the word “poacher” in context isn’t meant as disapproval, but some fans will take offense wherever they can. This well written and highly readable book has done a great service in single handedly promoting the possibility of academic fan studi This short review is also posted on my blog poacherd http: Contents 1 An Oft-Repeated Quote 2 It seems so illogical.


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Textual Poachers Turns Twenty! — Henry Jenkins

Aug 29, Vivienne rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was intrigued by the cover but even more intrigued by the contents. The things people accomplished without the internet, in the textuual and 80’s, is startling to today’s audiences.

Jenkins attended late night viewing marathons, mediazine collating parties, and conventions for over ten years before he published his book. A lot of fans I know like his book quite a poacgers better. I have a feeling it was to keep her publisher sweet. She serves on the board of Transformative Works and Culturesand is currently working on a book project based on her dissertation, “Revenge of the Fanboy: Textual Poachers guides readers through difficult questions about popular consumption, genre, gender, sexuality, and interpretation, documenting practices and processes which test and challenge basic assumptions of contemporary media theory.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a women’s persecutive of media fandom. I am a bit less enthusiastic because Jenkins doesn’t seem to have contacted jenoins British B7 fans and so henrt criticisms of B7 are very limited – I can accept he chose not to develop textyal British aspect of B7, but am surprised he didn’t state why.

Feb 07, Taylor Ellwood rated it it was amazing Shelves: Apparently my ovaries make me want to see a homosexual relationship between Kirk and Spock. While Jenkins himself is a fan, he is writing for an academic audience, and an academic audience that has often underestimated and misestimated the power of fandom.

My granted, brief experience of Henry Jenkins was that he was a fan who had managed to turn his hobby into a meal ticket, about which he was tickled but surprised. Maybe, because of his book, a few more people get turned on to the idea of slash.

It’s what you do [in fandom]. The selection of these figures was a challenge: