Poplit Popcult And The X Files

Author: Jan Delasara
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786483327
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For six acclaimed seasons, FBI paranormal detectives Mulder and Scully have been chasing monsters and little green men and exposing government conspiracies, while espousing the mantras "trust no one" and "the truth is out there." This work takes a close look at the popular television series and shows how its style, character and narrative structure have continued to tease and please a wide viewing audience every week for six years. The first section examines the text of the series and the progression of its mythic story arc. This part also looks at the show's use of expressionistic techniques in both its visual and sound effects; the related tropes of self-reflexive humor, irony and the grotesque; and its ability to give the audience an occasional strong sensory jolt. The second section explores the context that has given rise to The X-Files phenomenon in the 1990s. The show's gothic horror tradition is established, and its contribution to the Zeitgeist of the 90s is also acknowledged.

We Want To Believe

Author: Amy M. Donaldson
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1621892093
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From the First Episode to the Latest Feature Film, two main symbols provide the driving force for the iconic television series The X-Files: Fox Mulder's ôI Want to Believeö poster and Dana Scully's cross necklace. Mulder's poster may feature a flying saucer, but the phrase ôI want to believeö refers to more than simply the quest for the truth about aliens. The search for extraterrestrial life, the truth that is out there, is a metaphor for the search for God. The desire to believe in something greater than ourselves is part of human nature: we want to believe. Scully's cross represents this desire to believe, as well as the internal struggle between faith and what we can see and prove. The X-Files depicts this struggle by posing questions and exploring possible answers, both natural and supernatural. Why would God let the innocent suffer? Can God forgive even the most heinous criminal? What if God is giving us signs to point the way to the truth, but we're not paying attention? These are some of the questions raised by The X-Files. In the spirit of the show, this book uses the symbols and images presented throughout the series the pose such questions and explore some of the answers, particularly in the Christian tradition. With a focus on key themes of the series-faith, hope, love, and truth-along the way, this book journeys from the desire to believe to the message of the cross. Book jacket.

The X Files And Literature

Author: Sharon R. Yang
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Pub
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The X-Files and Literature: Unweaving the Story, Unraveling the Lie to find the Truth provides an innovative and valuable exploration of the groundbreaking television program. Although much academic work has been devoted to the social, psychological, and spiritual significance of The X-Files, until this collection none has fully addressed the series' rich adaptation of literature to interrogate our perception, definition, or recounting of the "truth." This collection not only unveils new twists and insights into expected connections between The X-Files and Gothic writers or with its modernist and post-modernist slants on narrative, plot, and characterization. The X-Files and Literature also delves into some unexpected literary sources shaping the series, such as the Arthurian quest, Catholic and Biblical mythology, folkloristics, and James Fennimore Cooper and the "vanishing American" mythos. This collection of essays covers both how The X-Files works with literature's own constantly morphing definition and portrayal of truth through form and content, as well as how the television program may or may not subvert our own contradictory expectations and distrust of literature's providing us with enlightenment. As television becomes more and more literary, with shows like Lost and Gilmore Girls sending us off to the bookstore and the library so we might read them more carefully, a book like The X-Files and Literature is welcome indeed. Sharon R. Yang's diverse collection on one of Nineties' TV's richest texts finds the truth of the gothic and the Arthurian and the folkloric, of the postmodern and the metafictional, of Poe, Pynchon, Cooper, Nabokov, and Tennyson, not just "out there" but in the perhaps too complicated narrative of the perpetually frustrated quests of Mulder and Scully. Valuable-in-itself as an intellectual exercise, its real worth may come when we put the book down and return, smarter, better readers, to the primary text. --David Lavery, Co-Editor, Deny All Knowledge: Investigating The X-Files Sharon Yang's X-Files collection deals with an important subject addressed by thoughtful writers. The idea that television can be seen as a branch of literature is certainly sustained by The X-Files, and the contributors to this volume succeed in making the case. Brian Hauser on Fenimore Cooper, Cary Jones on Mary Shelley, Tamy Burnett on Poe, Thomas Argiro on Pynchon, Matthew VanWinkle on Tennyson-these and more explore the connections with The X-Files not only in terms of sources but also themes and techniques. Both students of television and literature will want to own this book. Rhonda V. Wilcox, Ph.D., Professor of English, Gordon College, Barnesville

Woman Detective Other

Author: Lisa Maria Dresner
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"The ways in which Anglo-American culture conceptualizes women and conceptualizes detectives conflict. These clashing cultural paradigms result in representations of the female investigator that mark her as intrinsically flawed, thus discharging the tension between the culturally disparate concepts of "woman" and "detective." This study explores how the ways in which Anglo-American culture represents the female investigator as flawed vary by genre and medium. The introduction contains a brief survey of the scholarship on detective fiction to date. Chapter 1 examines what I term the "almost investigator" in several gothic novels: Ann Radcliffe's Mysteries of Udolpho, Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, and Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White and The Law and the Lady. The "almost investigator" shows flashes of investigative brilliance, but the answers to her questions are provided by others, and are not the direct result of her investigations. Chapter 2 examines the female investigator in the modern lesbian detective novels of Elizabeth Pincus, Nikki Baker, Mabel Maney, Jackie Manthorne, and Katherine V. Forrest. The lesbian investigator is marked by a troubled relationship with the phallic symbols of cars and driving, by concern over bodily weakness and femme sexuality, and by fantasies of rescue. Chapter 3 traces the history of the female investigator on television. These television portrayals follow prevailing socio-cultural norms of their times in the ways that female investigators are flawed. Chapter 4 traces the trope of madness in films with female investigators, which I suggest is linked to the Anglo-American conception of the Gaze, the camera, and the detective on screen as intrinsically masculine. The conclusion is a case study of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, as the original gothic novel, as lesbian detective novel, as made-for-television movie, and as film. The conclusion demonstrates that the same basic narrative of female detection varies its portrayal of the female investigator as flawed depending on the medium and genre."

The Contemporary Television Series

Author: Michael Hammond
Publisher: Edinburgh Univ Pr
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An engaging and provocative study of the contemporary prime-time 'quality' serial television format, this book gives a timely account of prominent programmes such as 24, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ER, The Sopranos and The West Wing and explores their influential position within the television industry. Divided into the areas of history, aesthetics and reception, the text provides an illuminating overview of an increasingly hybrid television studies discipline. Chapters consider the formal and aesthetic elements in the contemporary television serial through approaches ranging from those concerned with issues of gender and sexuality, national identity, and reception to industry history and textual analysis. The book also includes British examples of 'quality' serial television emphasizing not only their cultural specificity but also the transnational context in which these programmes operate. Features *Section introductions provide student-friendly explanations of the various approaches and methodologies employed in the book *Chapters are written by an international team of experts in the field of television studies *Ideal for use as a textbook on courses in contemporary television taught at undergraduate level

Millennialism From The Hebrew Bible To The Present

Author: Leonard Jay Greenspoon
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The concept of millennialism--of a looming End of Days that will usher in salvation and a new world--is prevalent in Jewish history and culture and also serves as a cornerstone for a number of Christian faiths. Millennialism has also sprung up among certain disenfranchised, marginalized, or conquered peoples at different times and places throughout history. From the coming of the Jewish Messiah to the 1890 Native American Ghost Dance to modern Cargo Cults of the Pacific Islands to recent prophecies concerning the dawn of the third millennium, people have anticipated, feared, and built their lives around a transformation of their world marked by a significant calendar moment or momentous event. The twelve contributors to this volume examine the concept of the End of Days in Judaic history and culture as well as other important manifestations in the past and present. Topics include the dynamics and process of millennialism; the role of children in millennial religions; the enduring messianic significance of Jerusalem; the influence of ancient Judaic millennialism on current sensibilities; a comparison of the roots and meanings of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian calendars; the roots of the Christian antichrist in Jewish traditions of evil; differing rabbinical interpretations of the End of Days; the impact of millennialism on the Franciscan mission to New Spain; millennialism as a process of cultural mourning and rebirth; the appropriation and reinterpretation of the Book of Revelation by new religious movements; the significance and influence of apocalyptic movies; and the emergence of millennialism in popular culture in such television shows as The X-Files. Leonard J. Greenspoon holds the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization at Creighton University. Ronald A. Simkins is an associate professor of theology and director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at Creighton University.