Mel Stanfill

Mel Stanfill

Biography

Mel Stanfill is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Texts and Technology Program and the Department of English at the University of Central Florida. Stanfill holds a PhD in Communications and Media from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Stanfill’s research is situated in cultural studies, examining media fans, social media, and the law through lenses of labor, consumption, heteronormativity, and whiteness, and has appeared in venues such as New Media and Society, Cinema Journal, and Transformative Works and Cultures.

Research Interests

Fan Studies; Queer Theory; Race and Gender Studies; Cultural Studies of Law; Media Studies


Selected Publications

Books

  • Forthcoming Salter, Anastasia, and Mel Stanfill. In press, October 2020. A Portrait of the Auteur as Fanboy: The Construction of Authorship in Transmedia Franchises. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.   
  • Stanfill, Mel. 2019. Exploiting Fandom: How the Media Industry Seeks to Manipulate Fans. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press.  

Articles/Essays

  • Stanfill, Mel. 2020. “Introduction: The Reactionary in the Fan and the Fan in the Reactionary.” Television & New Media 21 (2): 123–34. https://doi.org/10.1177/1527476419879912
  • Newton, Olivia B., and Mel Stanfill. 2019. “My NSFW Video Has Partial Occlusion: Deepfakes and the Technological Production of Non-Consensual Pornography.” Porn Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/23268743.2019.1675091.
  • Kretzschmar, Mark, and Mel Stanfill. 2019. “Mods as Lightning Rods: A Typology of Video Game Mods, Intellectual Property, and Social Benefit/Harm.” Social & Legal Studies 28 (4): 517–36. https://doi.org/10.1177/0964663918787221.  
  • Stanfill, Mel. 2019. “Fans of Color in Femslash.” Transformative Works and Cultures 29. https://doi.org/10.3983/twc.2019.1528.
  • Navar-Gill, Annemarie and Mel Stanfill. 2018. “We shouldn't have to trend to make you listen”: Queer fan hashtag campaigns as production interventions.” Journal of Film and Video. 70 (3-4). 
  • Stanfill, Mel. 2017. “Where the Femslashers Are: Media on the Lesbian Continuum.” Transformative Works and Cultures 24. http://journal.transformativeworks.org/index.php/twc/article/view/959.
  • Mel Stanfill and Angharad N. Valdivia. 2017. “(Dis)locating Nations in the World Cup: Football Fandom and the Global Geopolitics of Affect.” Social Identities. (23) 1: 104-119. doi:10.1080/13504630.2016.1157466.
  • Stanfill, Mel. 2015. “Spinning Yarn with Borrowed Cotton: Lessons for Fandom from Sampling.” Cinema Journal 54 (3): 131–37. doi:10.1353/cj.2015.0021.
  • Stanfill, Mel. 2015. “The Interface as Discourse: The Production of Norms through Web Design.” New Media & Society 17 (7): 1059–74. doi:10.1177/1461444814520873.
  • Stanfill, Mel. 2013. “Fandom, Public, Commons.” Transformative Works and Cultures 14: n.p. doi:10.3983/twc.2013.0530.
  • Stanfill, Mel. 2013. “"They’re Losers, but I Know Better": Intra-Fandom Stereotyping and the Normalization of the Fan Subject.” Critical Studies in Media Communication 20 (2): 117–34. doi:10.1080/15295036.2012.755053.
  • Stanfill, Mel. 2012. “Finding Birds of a Feather: Multiple Memberships and Diversity Without Divisiveness in Communication Research.” Communication Theory 22 (1): 1–24. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2885.2011.01395.x.
  • Stanfill, Mel. 2011. “Doing Fandom, (Mis)Doing Whiteness: Heteronormativity, Racialization, and the Discursive Construction of Fandom.” Transformative Works and Cultures 8: n.p. doi:10.3983/twc.2011.0256.

Book Sections/Chapters

  • Mel Stanfill, Chris Gurrie, Jenny Korn, Jason M. Martin, and Khadijah White. 2018. “Climate on Campus: Intersectional Interventions in Contemporary Struggles.” Interventions: International Communication Association 2017 Theme Book New York: Peter Lang, p. 229-243
  • Stanfill, Mel. 2018. “The Unbearable Whiteness of Fandom and Fan Studies” in Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Fandom, ed Paul Booth. New York: Wiley-Blackwell. 
  • Stanfill, Mel. 2017. “The Fan Fiction Gold Rush, Generational Turnover, and the Battle for Fandom’s Soul”in Routledge Companion to Media Fandom, ed Melissa Click and Suzanne Scott. New York: Routledge.  
  • Stanfill, Mel. 2016. “Straighten up and Fly White: Whiteness, Heteronormativity, and the Representation of Happy Endings for Fans.” In Seeing Fans: Representations of Fandom in Media and Popular Culture, edited by Lucy Bennett and Paul Booth. New York: Bloomsbury Academic.

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
20847 ENG3612 Trendslitcultural Text Studies World Wide Web (W) Unavailable
From Marvel to Star Wars to Twilight, many of the biggest popular culture phenomena of the last decade have also been big phenomena in fandom. In this course, we will explore fan culture and textual practices. How do people take TV, film, games, and other popular texts and make them their own? What can we understand about reading practices from fan interpretation? What can we understand about creative writing by looking at fan fiction, videos, and other works? How are these practices shaped by social structures like gender, race, sexuality, economics, and the law? Gain insight into these questions and more in Fan Studies.  
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
93408 ENG3612 Trendslitcultural Text Studies World Wide Web (W) Unavailable
From Marvel to Star Wars to Twilight, many of the biggest popular culture phenomena of the last decade have also been big phenomena in fandom. In this course, we will explore fan culture and textual practices. How do people take TV, film, games, and other popular texts and make them their own? What can we understand about reading practices from fan interpretation? What can we understand about creative writing by looking at fan fiction, videos, and other works? How are these practices shaped by social structures like gender, race, sexuality, economics, and the law? Gain insight into these questions and more in Fan Studies.  
82154 ENG6005 Diss Research Design in T Video Strmng (V) COVID DL exmp Tu 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM Unavailable
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No courses found for Summer 2020.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
18149 ENG6810 Theories of Texts & Technology Face to Face Instruction (P) W 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM Unavailable
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90140 DIG4630 Creative Industries Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) W 10:30 AM - 01:20 PM Unavailable
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93228 DIG4630 Creative Industries Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) W 10:30 AM - 12:20 PM Unavailable
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93141 ENG6005 Diss Research Design in T Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM Unavailable
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Updated: Sep 3, 2020