Christine Schott, "Canon Fanfiction: Reading, Writing, and Teaching with Adaptations of Premodern and Early Modern Literature" (Medieval Institute Publications, 2023)
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Several scholarly fields investigate the reuse of source texts, most relevantly adaptation studies and fanfiction studies. The limitation of these two fields is that adaptation studies focuses narrowly on retelling, usually in the form of film adaptations, but is not as well equipped to treat other uses of source material like prequels, sequels and spinoffs. On the other hand, fanfiction studies has the broad reach adaptation studies lacks but is generally interested in "underground" production rather than material that goes through the official publication process and thus enters the literary canon.
Canon Fanfiction: Reading, Writing, and Teaching with Adaptations of Premodern and Early Modern Literature (Medieval Institute Publications, 2023) sits in the gap between these fields, discussing published novels and their contribution to the scholarly engagement with their pre- and early modern source material as well as applying that creative framework to the teaching of literature in the college classroom.
Christine Schott, MFA, PhD, is associate professor of English at Erskine College where she teaches medieval and world literatures and creative writing.
Becky Straple-Sovers is a medievalist and freelance editor who earned her Ph.D. in English at Western Michigan University in 2021. Her research interests include bodies, movement, gender, and sexuality in literature, as well as poetry of the First World War and the public humanities. She can be found on Twitter @restraple.
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