April 29th, 2011

science v mysticism

Looking for interviewees for a Twilight slash paper

Hello! starry_nights88's given me permission to post this here, so I hope it's ok with all of you. I'm actually hoping for a favour: I'm writing a chapter for an academic book on Twilight which is hopefully being published to coincide with the release of Breaking Dawn. I'm specifically looking at Twilight slash and was hoping to conduct some email interviews with slash writers. I thought I'd give you a bit of information about my research and how the interviews will be conducted, and if anyone is interested in taking part you could PM me to let me know. Thanks in advance!

About the project
Henry Jenkins notes that erotic fanfiction allows writers to play with characters’ sexualities and romantic leanings, and argues that this can be used effectively to critique texts in which the creator has attempted to limit characters’ sexualities. The purpose of the study is to examine the ways in which slash is used in the Twilight fandom to reconstruct the sexuality that - arguably - Meyer has limited. I also examine the ways in which slash is used to reconstruct sexuality in relation to the wider fields of religion, sex and gender – all of which prove problematic in the books.

The interview questions will concentrate on your involvement in the Twilight fandom as slash writers, and will discuss your fic in relation to the wider issues noted above. The interview will take place via email and will comprise of approximately five main questions, with the potential for further questions to be asked based on your initial answers.

Email responses to question will be stored in a password-protected folder on a password-protected computer belong to myself. Any hard copies or electronic copies on CD, external drive or USB stick will be stored in a locked filing cabinet in my home office. The data will be kept for five years on completion of the project (estimated to be by September 2011).

Participation in this research project is voluntary. You may decline to answer any of the questions and you may withdraw at any time during the data collection period. No physical or psychological risks are anticipated as a result of participating in this project.

Your name and any identifying information will be held confidential, except when legislation or a professional code of conduct requires that the information you provide be reported. Your identity will only be known to myself, unless you consent for your name to be used to refer to you and attribute direct quotes in all conference papers and publications based on this research. You may chose a pseudonym at any time during the data collection process should you prefer for your identity to be withheld. Keep in mind that full anonymity cannot be guaranteed. It is possible that friends, acquaintances or members of the same fan community who read a publication or attend a conference presentation could identify you based on contextual information.

If you have any questions regarding this study, or would like additional information to assist you in reaching a decision about taking part in the interview, please contact me by PM.