Fan critics, theatre zines, and institutional credibility

Megan Vaughan

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


A) The framing of critics as fans can reimagine the way we value different forms of critique and reconfigure persistent hierarchies within the critical community.
B) My own history as a theatre blogger and zinemaker exemplifies some of the broader questions of form and motivation which amateur critics must negotiate.
C) The theatre industry’s current enthusiasm for the fanzine, a nostalgic form of ‘DIY’ publication, is not as politicised, democratic and countercultural as they think it is.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTheatre Fandom
EditorsKirsty Sedgman
PublisherUniversity of Iowa Press
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020


  • theatre, fandom, criticism, zines, fanzines

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