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Great post here Ed. I particularly like the two series of questions you ask:
1) HOW MIGHT WE SEE THE APOLITICAL NATURE OF FAN FICTION AS PERHAPS THE MOST POLITICAL GESTURE OF ALL? IN REFUSING THE TERMS OF THE ARGUMENT, MIGHT FANS BE PROVIDING WORKS OF GREATER POLITICAL USE?
This refusal of the terms of politics can indeed be seen as a politics in itself. And it's also a politics of world expansion as you point out in your other line of questioning:
2) HOW CAN WE ARGUE THAT TWO TEXTS EXIST IN THE SAME STORY WORLD?
Or put differently: at what point are we no longer in the same "world" - especially if the fundamental parameters of the world have been profoundly altered. Dojinshi works pose the question of worlds, their transgression and their transformation in fascinating ways.

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