Dr. Kavita Mudan Finn is an independent scholar (late of Georgetown University, George Washington University, and most recently, MIT) who is both a creator and scholar of Fan Fiction Studies, and who recently filmed an hour-long interactive conversation with Austin Tichenor on The Shakespeareance. In this excerpt, Dr. Finn discusses how “fan fiction” might be best defined; how fan fiction is a surprisingly new field of study, despite it being a centuries-old practice; some of fan fiction’s earliest examples, including the identity of two OG slashers; the distinctions (such as they are) between performance studies and fan studies; what the actual opposite of fandom is; ridiculous casting uproars; and how the shows of the Reduced Shakespeare Company – including the RSC name – are forms of fan fiction themselves. (Length 21:17)

  1. American Players Theatre in Spring Green Wisconsin is another rotating Rep. It only runs June through the end of October, but runs 8 shows of which all 8 will play in weekends in August and September. It’s close enough to Chicago, Milwaukee and the Twin Cities for a nice weekend getaway and I day-trip matinees from Milwaukee. I highly recommend checking them out.

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