K/S lit (slash) info

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Zelig

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Apr 21, 1992, 2:48:41 PM4/21/92
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I just read an article in my Soc class about "slash" fanzines, which
involve Kirk/Spock having a love affair, pon farr stories, etc. The
article was by Constance Penley, an ethnographer who said she has
attended several slash conventions... Any info on this scene?

Zelig

Betsy Ramsey

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Apr 23, 1992, 3:02:23 PM4/23/92
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In article <1992Apr22.1...@usenet.ins.cwru.edu>,
bf...@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bonita Kale) writes:

>Sure, what do you want to know? K/S is a sub-genre of Trek fan lit in
>which Kirk and Spock are in love. It is a highly feminist and female
>phenomenon. The love affair is definitely between men, as far as bodies
>go, but it bears more than a passing resemblance to a female ideal of love.
>
>Basically, K/S stories are about everlasting love between equals and
>heroes, a thing almost impossible in more mundane love stories.

A good overview of the slash subgenre of fan fiction can be found in
article <1992Apr19....@mont.cs.missouri.edu> titled "Welcome
to Bisexuality, Captain Kirk: Slash and the Fan Writing Community" in
newsgroup misc.activism.progressive. The article contains an essay
extracted from Henry Jenkins, Textual Poachers: Television Fans and
Participatory Culture (forthcoming summer 1992).

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Internet: ram...@cuavax.dnet.cua.edu, Bitnet: ramsey@cua
Opinions expressed here are my own.

Michael Rawdon

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Apr 24, 1992, 7:06:55 PM4/24/92
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In <1992Apr23....@netcon.cua.edu> ram...@netcon.cua.edu (Betsy Ramsey) writes:
>In article <1992Apr22.1...@usenet.ins.cwru.edu>, bf...@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bonita Kale) writes:
>>In a previous article, upo...@mcl.mcl.ucsb.edu (Zelig) says:
>>>I just read an article in my Soc class about "slash" fanzines, which
>>>involve Kirk/Spock having a love affair, pon farr stories, etc. The
>>>article was by Constance Penley, an ethnographer who said she has
>>>attended several slash conventions... Any info on this scene?

>>Sure, what do you want to know? K/S is a sub-genre of Trek fan lit in
>>which Kirk and Spock are in love. It is a highly feminist and female
>>phenomenon. The love affair is definitely between men, as far as bodies
>>go, but it bears more than a passing resemblance to a female ideal of love.

>>Basically, K/S stories are about everlasting love between equals and
>>heroes, a thing almost impossible in more mundane love stories.

>A good overview of the slash subgenre of fan fiction can be found in
>article <1992Apr19....@mont.cs.missouri.edu> titled "Welcome
>to Bisexuality, Captain Kirk: Slash and the Fan Writing Community" in
>newsgroup misc.activism.progressive. The article contains an essay
>extracted from Henry Jenkins, Textual Poachers: Television Fans and
>Participatory Culture (forthcoming summer 1992).

It's also interesting to note that there is an APA (Amateur Press Association)
entitled "K/S and Kindred Spirits" (as I recall). It's been listed in the
APA directory The New Moon Directory a couple of times, I think.

Other relevant points of note include the large number of fans who disagree
with the K/S interpretation of the characters (gee, what a surprise; I can't
say I could possibly envision a Kirk/Spock romance by any stretch of my
own imagination, though), and that it is rumored (but unconfirmed) that
Paramount cracked down on the creators of K/S at one point.

...just more useless info from the encylopedic mind of...

--
Michael Rawdon
raw...@cabrales.cs.wisc.edu
University of Wisconsin Computer Sciences Department, Madison, WI

"...I guess I'd rather have mediocre Star Trek then none at all."
- A friend, about the ST:TNG episode "Legacy"

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