chapter  13
12 Pages

Out and About: Slash Fic, Re-imagined Texts, and Queer Commentaries


In the 1960s, a highly sexual and transgressive form of fan fiction (fanfic), termed “slash fic,” would subvert and make homoerotic the heterosexual relationships depicted in the TV series, Star Trek. Later, in the 1990s, the internet would facilitate a boom in these slash writings, as the web provided anonymity coupled with a potentially global audience. Slash communities started to form online, and new queer canons have emerged.This chapter will explore this new dialog between an established media text, its transgressive slash fic potential, and the dynamics of community members. I will argue that this can facilitate a queer space online as writers reflect on their own sexual identity.