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    Anne Kustritz is an Assistant Professor in Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University. Her teaching focuses on convergence and new media ethnography. Her work deals with creative fan communities, digital economies, transmedia business practices, queer representation, and intersectional queer and feminist theory. She is the author of Identity, Community, and Sexuality in Slash Fan Fiction: Pocket Publics, which documents the digital transition of the slash fan fiction community around the turn of the millennium and the “pockets” of counterpublic space they constructed for the circulation of new forms of gender, sexuality, and relationality.  Her articles appear in Camera Obscura, Feminist Media Studies, The Journal of American Culture, and Refractory. She also serves on the editorial board of Transformative Works and Cultures, an open-source, peer-reviewed on-line academic journal affiliated with the non-profit Organization for Transformative Works which offers fans legal, social, and technological resources to organize, preserve their history, and promote the legality of transformative works.


    PhD, American Culture, University of Michigan, 2007

    MA, American Culture, University of Michigan, 2002

    BA, Double Major: Psychology and Cultural Studies, Summa cum Laude, University of Minnesota, 2001

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    Identity, Community, and Sexuality in Slash Fan Fiction: Pocket Publics. Routledge, 2024.

    “Transmediating Difference: Fictional Filter Bubbles and Transmedia Storytelling,” Convergence Volume 28, Issue 3, 2022.

    “Meet Stephanie Rogers, Captain America: Genderbending the Body Politic in Fan Art, Fiction, and Cosplay,” Supersex: Essays on Sexuality, Fantasy, and the Superhero. University of Texas Press, pp. 317-340, 2020.
    –Winner “Best Edited Collection,” Comics Studies Society, 2021
    –Translated and reprinted in Spanish by SaludArte, Forthcoming

    “Everyone Has a Secret: Closeting and Secrecy from Smallville to The Flash,” Sexualities. Online First May 30 2019. Vol 23. 5-6. pp. 793-809, 2020.

    “Revolutionary America from Concord and Lexington to Ferguson: Folk Transmediation of Historical Storytelling,” Narrative Culture, Vol 6.2, 140-160, 2019.

    “Fairy Tale Media and Fan Fiction: Sexual Imagination and Popular Creativity,” in The Fairy Tale World, Ed Andrew Teverson.  London: Routledge, pp. 284-298, 2019.

    “Fan Fiction,” Routledge Companion to Fairy Tale Cultures and Media, Ed. Pauline Greenhill, Jill Terry Rudy, and Naomi Hamer, pp. 508-514, 2018.

    “Fan Cultures,” Routledge Companion to Fairy Tale Cultures and Media, Ed. Pauline Greenhill, Jill Terry Rudy, and Naomi Hamer, pp. 245-251, 2018.

    Editorial: “Transmedia Serial Narration: Crossroads of Media, Story, and Time.” “Trans-Seriality,” M/C Journal, Vol 21.1, 2018.

    “Imperial and Critical Cosmopolitains: Screening the Multicultural City on Sherlock and Elementary,” Alphaville 14, 2017.

    “Interactivity, Resignification, and the Pleasures of Ontological Primacy: Fan Works as Core Narrative,” (“Interactivité, resémantisation, et plaisirs de la primauté ontologique: les œuvres de fans comme centre du récit”), Revue Française des Sciences de l’Information et de la Communication, vol 10, January, 2017.

    “They All Lived Happily Ever After. Obviously”: Realism and Utopia in Game of Thrones-Based Alternate Universe Fairy Tale Fan Fiction,” In Special Issue “Fairy Tale and its Uses in Contemporary New Media and Popular Culture,” Ed Claudia Schwabe, Humanities 5.43, 2016.

    “The Politics of Slash on the High Seas: Colonial Romance and Revolutionary Solidarity in Pirates Fan Fiction,” Women and Erotic Fiction: Critical Essays on Genres, Markets and Readers, Ed Kristen Phillips, McFarland & Co, 2015.

    “Homework and the Digital Field: Reflections on Fan Identity and Identification,” in Technology, Scale, and Difference in Contemporary Anthropology. Ed. Tom Boellstorff, Bill Maurer, Jacinthe Mazzocchetti, and Olivier Servais. Paris: Academia-L’Harmattan, 2015.

    “Domesticating Hermione: The Emergence of Genre and Community from WIKTT’s Feminist Romance Debates,” Feminist Media Studies, Vol 15, n2. 444-459. <doi/full/10.1080/14680777.2014.945605>, 2015.

    Editorial, “Transnationalism, Localization, and Translation in European Fandom: Fan Studies as Global Media and Audience Studies,” “European Fans and European Fan Objects: Localization and Translation,” Transformative Works and Cultures, Vol 19, 2015.

    “Exploiting Surplus Labors of Love: Narrating Ownership and Theft in Crowdfunding Controversies,” Crowdfunding the Future: Media Industries, Ethics and Digital Society, Ed. Lucy Bennett, London: Peter Lang, 2015.

    “Seriality and Transmediality in the Fan Multiverse: Flexible and Multiple Narrative Structures in Fan Fiction, Art, and Vids,” TV/Series, Vol 6, pp. 225-261, 2014.

    “Homonational, Queer Nation, Glam Nation: Adam Lambert and American National Imagery,” in Queering Paradigms III, ed Kathleen O’Mara. Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 95-117, 2013.

    “Breeding Unity: Battlestar Galactica’s Bi-Racial Reproductive Futurity,” in Camera Obscura, 80 Vol 27, no 3, pp. 1-37, 2012.

    “MP3s, Rebundled Debt, and Performative Economics: Deferral, Derivatives, and Digital Commodity Fetishism in Lady Gaga’s Spectacle of Excess,” in NECSUS European Journal of Media Studies Vol 1.2, “Tangibility,” Autumn 2012.

    “Decoding the Industrial and Digital City: Visions of Security in Holmes’ and Sherlock’s London” co-written with Melanie E.S. Kohnen, in Sherlock and Transmedia Fandom: Essays on the BBC Series, ed Louisa Stein and Kristina Busse.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland Press, pp. 85-101, 2012.

    “Painful Pleasures: Sacrifice, Consent, and the Resignification of BDSM Symbolism in The Story of O and The Story of Obi,” in Transformative Works and Cultures Vol 1. <doi:10.3983/twc.2008.0031>, Fall 2008.

    Smallville’s Sexual Symbolism: From Queer Repression to Fans’ Queered Expressions,” in Refractory: A Journal of Entertainment Media, Vol 8, 2005.

    “Slashing the Romance Narrative,” in The Journal of American Culture. Vol 6, No 23, pp. 371-384, September 2003.

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