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Crowdsourcing in Fan Translation Practices of East-Asian Comics and Novels

Student: Tatiana Nikulina

Supervisor: Evgenia Nim

Faculty: Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design

Educational Programme: Journalism (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2021

The academic paper is devoted to crowdsourcing in fan translation practices of East Asian comics and novels. The fan participation in translation and distribution of the content provides the industry with a greater audience and enables global expansion. The methodology of the study contains the following tools: academic papers and statistics analysis, digital observation and structuring, in-depth interviews with fan translators and synthesis of the results. First, the paper analyses the history of the development and expansion of the East Asian comics and novels. It allows to track the tendencies of the industry development and understand the fan community dynamics. Then, the paper field narrows to the fan translation phenomenon in the context of fandom studies. In order to understand how it became the main route of comics and novels global expansion the analysis of distribution platforms and audience participation is needed. Finally, the results of the interviews with fan translators are provided.

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