The Czecho-Slovak Community in the
Field of Contemporary Fan Fiction. The Case of the Harry Potter Fandom Cover Image

Česko-slovenské společenství na půdě současné fanouškovské literatury. Případ fandomu Harry Potter
The Czecho-Slovak Community in the Field of Contemporary Fan Fiction. The Case of the Harry Potter Fandom

Author(s): Terezie Šmídová, Marcin Filipowicz
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Czech Literature
Published by: Ústav slovenskej literatúry SAV
Keywords: fan fiction; cultural togetherness; the Czecho-Slovak community; the internet; popular culture;

Summary/Abstract: The goal of the paper is to map the Czecho-Slovak community in the field of contemporaryfan fiction inspired by the Harry Potter series written by J. K. Rowling asa follow-up to the tradition of research into the Czecho-Slovak literary and culuralrelations. It is built on the conception of a „peculiar literary community“ of the Czechsand the Slovaks formulated by Dionýz Ďurišin. What is then analyzed is the space ofCzecho-Slovak websites administered by so-called fans for fans. The activities of theCzecho-Slovak community in the field of fan fiction cannot be summarized easilydue to several reasons including the fact that the relations within the community arecontinuously developing and changing. The existence of the Czecho-Slovak literarycommunity mainly influenced by nostalgia and personal mindsets of individual debatersis seemingly dominated by disruptive moments strongly motivated by rivarlybetween the two nations. That is mostly reflected in the debates about the Czechor Slovak translations of the original text. However, it is necessary to note that thecommunity (so-called fandom) sees itself as Czecho-Slovak and the most-visitedwebsites are declared to be Czecho-Slovak, too. Regardless of the most noticeablemanifestations of non-togetherness, the fact that the common Czecho-Slovak spaceexists, what´s more spontaneously, without any ideological prompting, and providesplace for linguistic debates, actually gives witness to strong cultural togetherness. Thepaper does not only attempt to follow in the research tradition but also to shift the focusthat has so far been given to high literature to popular literature and culture, whichis the area where the Czecho-Slovak community currently seems to be most active.

  • Issue Year: 66/2019
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 216 - 232
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Czech