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The G Woman and The Fowl One: Fandom's Rewriting of Gender in The X Files
My research adopts Stuart Hall’s model of encoding/decoding to examine how viewers engage with television fiction and its portrayal of gender. I do this by examining the main debates surrounding the portrayal of gender within The X Files in extra-textual materials such as reviews, companions, fan books, and non-academic histories. I then address how these issues are dealt with in fanfiction through questionnaires, textual analysis of fanfiction and interviews with fanfiction readers and writers.