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Affective textualities, generalizations and focalizations: fan reactions to Twin Peaks's 2014 paratextual return

Garner, Ross 2018. Affective textualities, generalizations and focalizations: fan reactions to Twin Peaks's 2014 paratextual return. The Journal of Fandom Studies 6 (1) , pp. 63-80. 10.1386/jfs.6.1.63_1

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Abstract

This article analyses audience postings to two online locations where reports leading up to the release of the Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery (TEM) Blu-ray set were posted between January and August 2014. Theorizing this release as a paratextual return which coincided with the show’s ‘dispersed’ 25th anniversary (Garner 2016), the article argues three points: firstly, greater recognition of fan discourse within studies of anniversary-orientated returns is required as, to date, these have been avoided, creating an unquestioned assumption that affective responses to these occasions are uniformly positive (Hills 2013, 2015a). Secondly, discussing fans’ affective responses to paratextual returns permits re-engaging with Laurence Grossberg’s (1992a, 1992b) arguments and extending these to consider the range of contextual factors that can structure how and where fans express affect. Thirdly, by analysing the responses of Twin Peaks fans, work on the perceptions of the fan object that fans express (Gray 2003) can be extended to recognise affective textualities which react to the text in multiple ways in accordance with the significance afforded to Twin Peaks within individual mattering maps.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Publisher: Intellect
ISSN: 2046-6692
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 October 2017
Date of Acceptance: 6 September 2017
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2019 15:12
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/105306

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