This study explores the construction of sexual identities of queer women through the reading/writing of Doctor Who fanfiction as an online medium. In this sense, fanfiction becomes a liminal space where individuals can navigate and explore identities. In order to make the connection between real life and the virtual world of fanfiction, this thesis utilizes participant observation at Wizard World Comic Con in Austin, Texas; surveys completed by individuals who read and/or write fanfiction; and fanfiction narratives. I argue that virtual community can become reality through the common experience of embodied encounters with online text. With the support of theories on presentation of self, sexuality, gender, and virtual realities, this study explores aspects of the Doctor Who community with a focus on sexual identities.
Sociology and Anthropology
Bundren, Marissa, "“There’s a Time and a Place for Everything...It’s Called Fanfiction”: Investigating the Construction of Queer Women’s Sexual Identities through Doctor Who Fanfiction" (2014). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 5982.
Gender and Sexuality | Sociology
Doctor Who, fanfiction, virtual community
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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