Congratulations Gail De Kosnik (BCNM and Theatre Dance and Performance Studies Assistant Professor) on the publication of her book Rogue Archives: Cultural Memory and Media Fandom” (MIT Press).
In Rogue Archives, De Kosnik examines the practice of archiving in the transition from print to digital media, looking in particular at Internet fan fiction archives.
De Kosnik explains that media users today regard all of mass culture as an archive, from which they can redeploy content for their own creations. Hence, “remix culture” and fan fiction are core genres of digital cultural production. De Kosnik explores, among other things, the anticanonical archiving styles of Internet preservationists; the volunteer labor of online archiving; how fan archives serve women and queer users as cultural resources; archivists’ efforts to attract racially and sexually diverse content; and how digital archives adhere to the logics of performance more than the logics of print. She also considers the similarities and differences among free culture, free software, and fan communities, and uses digital humanities tools to quantify and visualize the size, user base, and rate of growth of several online fan archives.
If you are interested in ordering a copy, use this code to get a 30% discount: MDEKOSNIK30 on the MIT Press website here. The code will be good until November 1, 2016, and works for either print or ebook editions!
Read more about Prof. De Kosnik and Rogue Archives here