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Queer Transformation, Contested Authorship, and Fluid Fandom

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Abstract

Pitre delves into the ways that the queer science-fiction series Steven Universe and its deeply passionate fandom offer anti-normative correctives through an unprecedented convergence of queerness that has simultaneously played out within the networked communities of the social platform Tumblr. The queer potentiality and fluidity expressed in this television series has been adopted by its fans and intensified on Tumblr, where the plurality of identity is acknowledged and encouraged. This chapter argues that this is a political project, precisely because it runs counter to heteronormative expectations of identity and suggests a powerful place for queer collectivity in the lives of these young, queer fans.

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Episodes Referenced

  1. “Fusion Cuisine” (season 1, episode 32, 2014)Google Scholar
  2. “Giant Woman” (season 1, episode 12, 2014)Google Scholar
  3. “Sadie’s Song” (season 2, episode 17, 2015)Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Concordia UniversityMontrealCanada

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