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Modeling L2 Writer Voice: Discoursal Positioning in Fanfiction Writing

Computers and Composition Volume 29, Number 4, ISSN 8755-4615 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


Of various online discourses, distinctive design features of fanfiction discourse have given rise to a new social space that holds great potential for the negotiation of identity. In this study, I propose that fanfiction discourse creates a social space that helps shape the voice construction of the L2 writer. In order to understand how the L2 writer's multiple social positions within fanfiction discourse affect voice construction, I analyze a popular online culture-based writing website, <>. Three dominant design features are identified that allow various forms of participation and levels of engagement by its members: intertextuality, dialogic interaction, and electronic text. These three features are actualized in three different positionings (ideational, interpersonal, and textual) that Ivanič and Camps (2001) believe writers take on when constructing a voice. Results suggest that the two L2 participants in my study created voices in multiple positionings made available by re-purposing a pop-culture storyline or characters, communication with audiences, and digital resources. Overall, this study offers a nuanced view of how voice is projected and negotiated within the intersections of multiple online discourses and how it relates to L2 writing in the digital era.


Jwa, S. (2012). Modeling L2 Writer Voice: Discoursal Positioning in Fanfiction Writing. Computers and Composition, 29(4), 323-340. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved October 21, 2019 from .

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