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Whovians and Directionares: Challenging the Fangirl Identity

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  • Publication: Columbia College (Chicago) thesis
  • Date: May 2014
  • Author: Brianna VanCant
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  • Language: English
  • Abstract: This project will analyze how fans and fangirls are discussed by taking notions from fan blogs and fan theory to reveal the inconsistences that fangirls are placed in when participating in fandom. These inaccurate distortions lead to misconceptions about the wide spectrum of contemporary fandom. The term fangirl is defined to be an adolescent female who is only a fan of a specific type of entertainment because of looks or factors that are deemed superficial. In contemporary music and television fandom, females are often criticized and policed on where their place is in a fandom. Females who are in the Doctor Who and/or One Direction fandom, specifically when participating in fan labor are often put into the category of fangirls. This project will show that these inaccurate assumptions about what it is to be a fan and ultimately what counts as fan or fangirl behavior becomes convoluted.


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  • APA 6th ed.: VanCant, Brianna (May 2014). Whovians and Directionares: Challenging the Fangirl Identity. Columbia College (Chicago) thesis .
  • MLA 7th ed.: VanCant, Brianna. "Whovians and Directionares: Challenging the Fangirl Identity." Columbia College (Chicago) thesis [add city] May 2014. Print.
  • Chicago 15th ed.: VanCant, Brianna. "Whovians and Directionares: Challenging the Fangirl Identity." Columbia College (Chicago) thesis, edition, sec., May 2014
  • Turabian: VanCant, Brianna. "Whovians and Directionares: Challenging the Fangirl Identity." Columbia College (Chicago) thesis, May 2014, section, edition.
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