Title

The Dark Arts: Women’s Fan Graphics Communities

Class Year

2016

Document Type

Thesis

Honors Designation

Honors

Department

Women's Studies

Primary Advisor

Cristina Serna

Second Advisor (if necessary)

Meg Worley

Abstract

Novels have book covers. Fan fiction stories, at least those on the Harry Potter Fan Fiction (HPFF) archive, have “banners” like the one shown above. The screenshot depicts a work of fan fiction on HPFF called The Wild Rose, written by Lostmyheart. Graphics like these are intertextual computer compositions made by arranging images and other visual elements using a photo manipulation program such as Photoshop. They are created largely by women artists who are part of discussion forums like The Dark Arts that fulfill requests for illustrations of fan works. The banner above was made by the user autumn.shades at the request of Lostmyheart.

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