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Monster mashups: At home with Famous Monsters of Filmland

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This article explores the ways in which Forrest J Ackerman modelled social practices for the readers of Famous Monsters of Filmland. His composite identity as both fan and producer marked him as an embodiment of the utopian possibilities inherent in both the production and consumption of mass culture. Ackerman offered readers the possibility of reconciling the inherent tensions between the private and the public and the masses and the individual by way of horror fandom. By doing so, Ackerman inspired readers to assert agency in the home via consumption practices shaped by the affects of fandom.
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Keywords: affect; agency; consumption; production; utopia

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Toledo

Publication date: November 15, 2012

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  • The multi – disciplinary nature of fan studies makes the development of a community of scholars sometimes difficult to achieve. The Journal of Fandom Studies seeks to offer scholars a dedicated publication that promotes current scholarship into the fields of fan and audience studies across a variety of media. It focuses on the critical exploration, within a wide range of disciplines and fan cultures, of issues surrounding production and consumption of popular media (including film, music, television, sports and gaming), The journal aims to address key issues in fans studies itself, while also fostering new areas of enquiry that take us beyond the bounds of current scholarship.
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