Senior Project Advisor
trauma, fanfiction, fandom, Marvel, media analysis, genre, narrative, recovery, deficit, PTSD, sexual violence, identity, LGBTQ+, disability, race
Fanfiction, especially fanfiction based on superhero stories like those from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is an important but often overlooked vehicle for analyzing how society understands trauma. Using genre analysis and narrative analysis, this project is a wide-reaching exploration of how fanfiction both reflects and shapes popular understandings of trauma. It describes the unique fanfiction medium-genre and breaks down topics like whump, savior narratives, and fanfic's love affair with emotionally broken men, as well as topics like post-traumatic growth and deficit framing. The project also explores the intersections of trauma, identity and representation, discussing topics like structural trauma and childhood experiences of domestic abuse as a sociocultural identity.
Fick, Sadie, "Whump, A+ Parenting and Fantasy Racism: Trauma Narratives in Marvel Fanfiction" (2022). WWU Honors College Senior Projects. 600.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Fan fiction; Psychic trauma in literature; Presentism (Literary analysis)
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