This piece analyzes the history and discussions of “trigger warnings” (or “content warnings”) in the college classroom in light of the originating history and discussions of such warnings in media fan cultures—particularly in women’s and queer fan productions surrounding television programs. While linked, these deployments of trigger warnings occur in different contexts with different ramifications (for understandings of “content” and of “trauma”; for conventions or transformations of texts and publics; for compliance or resistance to neoliberal, corporate formations). By reading fan cultural operations with and against academic ones, the varying epistemological, pedagogical, textual, affective, and political implications of this entertainment/educational trend emerge most sharply.
Keyword 8: Trigger Warnings
lynne joyrich is a professor of modern culture and media at Brown University and a member of the editorial collective of the journal Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies. She is the author of Re-viewing Reception: Television, Gender, and Postmodern Culture (Indiana University Press, 1996) and articles on film, television, and gender and sexuality studies.
Lynne Joyrich; Keyword 8: Trigger Warnings. differences 1 May 2019; 30 (1): 189–196. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10407391-7481344
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