Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Theater of the Obsessed uses fandom to illustrate how audiencing can be a form of queer worldmaking. I begin by establishing that audiencing is a process that takes place over time and is not confined to the seat you’re sitting in while consuming various media. Because audiencing is a nearly invisible process, I turn to fandom and fanworks to demonstrate what some of the other parts look like. From there, I take a mystorical approach. That is, I use mystory to braid my personal audiencing, popular culture examples, and professional scholarship together to create a wide image. What becomes apparent is the overlap between the transformative potential of audiencing and the aims of queer worldmaking.
Sampson, Cynthia, "Theater of the Obsessed" (2020). LSU Doctoral Dissertations. 5207.