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Madeleine Griggs

Software Developer

BookNet Canada

Madeleine Griggs is a software developer at BookNet Canada, where she works on many different projects, recently CataList and Bibli-O-Matic. When not doing that, she can be found consuming large quantities of sci-fi and fantasy books/comics/magazines/etc., or painting. Prior to joining BookNet, she worked in residential renovations as a project coordinator.

Session

The difference queer fanfiction makes: Lessons for the publishing industry

March 10, 2022

As Nikoo Sarraf and Jennifer Chen from McGill University’s .txtlab write in their introduction to their 2021 report, queer fans: the difference that queer fanfiction makes, “fanfiction is a powerful and transformative form of writing that provides a safe space for youth to explore their gender and sexuality, knowing that they are part of a larger community.”

Sarraf and Chen will join Tech Forum to share insights from their research: revealing the stylistic qualities of queer fanfiction that allow readers to form strong attachments with the material and showing how queer fanfiction authors approach content from a place of emotional vulnerability, explore taboo topics, and offer character-focused storytelling. By comparing queer fanfic with books published in the mainstream, Sarraf and Chen will highlight how fanfiction normalizes intimacy and emotional vulnerability for sexual and gender minority youth.

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