Kristina Busse

Abstract for Captain America, Sex Radical: Queer Political Fantasy in Slash Fan Fiction

NSWA (November 2018)

Authors: Alexis Lothian and Kristina Busse

Slash fan fiction depicts same-sex erotic relationships among figures from popular media. Working with romance tropes, its representations often reproduce the heteronormativity and whiteness of dominant media cultures. Yet the tropes and networks of slash also provide a canvas for queer world-making on which queer, feminist, antiracist creators radically reimagine the operation of gender, race, and sexuality. This paper will explore how a radical vision of justice is developed in the novel-length fan fiction Known Associates by thingswithwings, which reimagines the Marvel Comics character Captain America through an engagement with feminist, queer, trans, and radical social movement history.