The Department of Comparative Studies presents:
2015-16 Comparative Studies Lectures and Colloquia
Caroline Toy, "Journeys Into the Fictional: A Case Study of Sherlock Fan Pilgrimage."
Fan pilgrimage is a rich category of embodied fan activity, representing an opportunity for fans to play with the intersection of fictional and “real” geographies. How fans perform such pilgrimages varies widely between fandoms, reflecting significant characteristics of texts, paratexts, and key markers of fan communities. This discussion of fan pilgrimages examines in detail one such case: Sherlock fans’ visits to St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. Drawing from a larger project in progress, I will use approaches from folklore, fan studies, and religious studies to explore how participants use the rituals and recognizability of pilgrimage to co-create and perform Sherlock-ian "fannishness".