Decoding Desire: From Kirk and Spock to K/S

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/72093
Title:
Decoding Desire: From Kirk and Spock to K/S
Authors:
Woledge, Elizabeth
Abstract:
This paper uses the example of 'slash fiction' (fan fiction which appropriates media heroes to form homoerotic pairings) to offer an investigation which broadens the concept of decoding. Slash fiction provides a particularly suitable starting point for considering the decoding process, as it is one of the few cases in which we have the evidence of decoding readily available for analysis in the form of fanzines. Many academics have considered Kirk and Spock's relationship as it was represented in Star Trek and the homoerotic 'K/S' fiction which it inspired, however no one has effectively considered the interpretive processes which connect them. The author questions the implicit belief that K/S fiction is an 'oppositional' decoding of Star Trek and demonstrate its more negotiated nature through a detailed consideration of the decoding process. To this end the author borrows an idea of David Morley's who has suggested that 'Hall's original model [of decoding] tends to blur together questions of recognition, comprehension, interpretation and response' (Morley 1994, 21). This paper will take up Morley's four process model of decoding and answer Jenkins' call for a closer analysis of the links between audience reception and texts (Jenkins 1996, 275).
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Social Semiotics, 2005, 15(2), pp. 235-250
Publisher:
Routledge
Journal:
Social Semiotics
Publication Date:
Aug-2005
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/72093
DOI:
10.1080/10350330500154857
Additional Links:
http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t713446841~link=cover
Type:
Article
Language:
en
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ISSN:
1035-0330; 1470-1219
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dc.contributor.authorWoledge, Elizabeth-
dc.date.accessioned2009-07-01T09:17:19Z-
dc.date.available2009-07-01T09:17:19Z-
dc.date.issued2005-08-
dc.identifier.citationSocial Semiotics, 2005, 15(2), pp. 235-250en
dc.identifier.issn1035-0330-
dc.identifier.issn1470-1219-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/10350330500154857-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/72093-
dc.descriptionThis article is not available through ChesterRep.en
dc.description.abstractThis paper uses the example of 'slash fiction' (fan fiction which appropriates media heroes to form homoerotic pairings) to offer an investigation which broadens the concept of decoding. Slash fiction provides a particularly suitable starting point for considering the decoding process, as it is one of the few cases in which we have the evidence of decoding readily available for analysis in the form of fanzines. Many academics have considered Kirk and Spock's relationship as it was represented in Star Trek and the homoerotic 'K/S' fiction which it inspired, however no one has effectively considered the interpretive processes which connect them. The author questions the implicit belief that K/S fiction is an 'oppositional' decoding of Star Trek and demonstrate its more negotiated nature through a detailed consideration of the decoding process. To this end the author borrows an idea of David Morley's who has suggested that 'Hall's original model [of decoding] tends to blur together questions of recognition, comprehension, interpretation and response' (Morley 1994, 21). This paper will take up Morley's four process model of decoding and answer Jenkins' call for a closer analysis of the links between audience reception and texts (Jenkins 1996, 275).en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherRoutledgeen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t713446841~link=coveren
dc.subjectslash fictionen
dc.subjectStar Treken
dc.subjectinterpretationen
dc.titleDecoding Desire: From Kirk and Spock to K/Sen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalSocial Semioticsen
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