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Genetic Editorial Rites on Fandoms: The Beta Readers mediation

Grant number: 14/13226-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2014
Effective date (End): February 29, 2016
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Linguistic Theory and Analysis
Principal researcher:Luciana Salazar Salgado
Grantee:Amanda Guimarães
Home Institution: Centro de Educação e Ciências Humanas (CECH). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil

Abstract

Based on the theoretical framework of the Discourse Analysis of french heritage, especially on recent ramifications proposed by Dominique Maingueneau (2006, 2008, 2010), we analyze the creative and authoral questions on the "fan world", mobilizing the concepts of constituent speeches, genetic rites and creative paratopy, in order to study materials obtained on the website Archive of Our Own. The website Archive of Our Own belongs to the Organization for Transformative Works, an organization made from fans for fans with the objective of preserving the fandom's history - communities of fans with similar interests that interact and participate in fan activities through discussions or creative works, like the fanfitcions (fiction written by fans) - and support any kind of work made by fans. Based on this, we try to contribute to the systematzation of categories on the linguistic-discursive studies of fanfics, identifying the aspects of fandom that influence the writing of fanfics and verify how much of the authorship we can technically accredit to the fanfic writer (the author of fanfics), to the beta-reader (their editor/proof reader) and the source text, considering the three instances pointed by Dominique Maingueneau as constitutive of the creative paratopy. We intend to verify the how the interdiscourse crossing occurs in the material that was created, which is a work about a source text that has some of the elements rewritten and renovated on this fan culture. Finally, we are considering the relationship of those practices with the preservation and selection processes that, on the western history, difned functions of editorial mediation (Chartier, 2007).