Rewriting 'Xena: Warrior Princess': Resistance to representations of gender, ethnicity, class and sexuality in fanfiction
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This thesis addresses the question; what forms of resistance, related to discourses and representations of gender, sexuality, class and ethnicity, are visible in the (online) fanfiction of 'Xena: Warrior Princess'. In the first half the main theoretical developments of tv-theories and theories of active audiences will be outlined. Next to this,the specific characteristics of fans as a sub-group of tv-audiences will be discussed. Furthermore, fan culture, as a part of popular culture, will be placed in a gramework of subordination and resistance. This results in the creation of fan products, one of them is fanfiction. In the second part of this thesis the representations of gender, ethnicity, class and sexuality of the television series 'Xena: Warrior Princess' will be analysed. Simultaneously the representations of gender, ethnicity, class and sexuality of the fanfiction will be analysed. Finally the representations of the television series and fanfiction will be compared.