Yvonne Gonzales

Exploring fan culture and work through literary study and data analysis.

Here, you can find my own ramblings and works in the realm of fan studies, as well as extensive citations and references to the works I am referencing. This website can serve as a starting place for your own fan research, or as an entryway into my own thinking and theories on fandom. 

Latest Posts

Exploration: Ao3 Tag Analysis

Check out my GitHub for the whole project, code, and video presentation! Note: This is an exploration of preliminary data! It is not intended to be read as definitive; more research and data work needs to be done to support these findings. Abstract In this project, I investigate what makes fanfiction unique as a genre,…

Parasocial Relationships, Fanfiction, and Slash

Queer Literary Coterie in Western BTS Fandom for the fully footnoted version, see the Google Document here! We have only to think of the troop of women and girls, all of them in love in an enthusiastically sentimental way, who crowd round a singer or pianist after his performance. It would certainly be easy for…

Keyword: Parasocial

The only place to start in understanding the term para-social is Horton and Wohl’s 1956 “Mass Communication and Para-Social Interaction: Observations on Intimacy at a Distance.” They use and define para-social relationship (PSR) as for the first time, proposing the term to be used to describe the “seeming face-to-face relationship between spectator and performer.” While…

Keyword: Fandom

The term fandom as a constructed portmanteau of fanatic, shortened to fan, and the English suffix -dom, was first recorded in use in 1903. The definition of fanatic in particular has a strong effect on how fandom is perceived in modern use. The Oxford English Dictionary first lists fanatic as an adjective, meaning “Of an…

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