Digitally-social genre fiction: Citizen authors and the changing power dynamics of writing in digital, social spaces.

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Johnson, Miriam J. 2018. Digitally-social genre fiction: Citizen authors and the changing power dynamics of writing in digital, social spaces. Textual Practice. https://doi.org/10.1080/0950236X.2018.1508067
AuthorsJohnson, Miriam J.
Abstract

The growth of digitally social media has given rise to the citizen author, as an author who actively chooses to forgo the traditional publishing model and seeks instead to share their works among communities on social platforms. Taking into account the nature of the medium on which they write, they use genre fiction as a means to push the boundaries of what is expected of a ‘book’ or narrative structure. This article shows that, by pushing back against the structure of the author-agent-publisher model, these authors engender communities around their writing and develop relationships directly with readers. These digital villages proliferate around genre writing in online spaces, creating a shifting power dynamic between the publishing industry and the writers who choose to work in these digital spaces, blurring the differential between ‘high’ and ‘low’ art and addressing the issues of gender in genre fiction.

KeywordsScience fiction; Social media; Citizen author; Fandom; Fiction
Year2018
JournalTextual Practice
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN0950236X
14701308
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/0950236X.2018.1508067
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/622914
hdl:10545/622914
Publication dates09 Aug 2018
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Deposited20 Aug 2018, 14:42
Accepted01 Mar 2018
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ContributorsUniversity of Derby and College of Arts, Humanities and Education, University of Derby, Derby, UK
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