The Emancipation of the Soul: Memes of Destiny in American Mythological Television

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Peter Lang, 2010 - Performing Arts - 153 pages
This book analyzes the mythological content of five television franchises within the genre of science fiction, fantasy and horror: The X-Files & Millennium, Babylon 5 & Crusade, Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Angel, Stargate and Star Trek. The central themes are errand into the wilderness, emancipation from larger powers, individual responsibility, prophecy, apocalyptic scenarios, fundamentalism, artificial intelligence, as well as hybridity, gender roles, psychotic narration, and others. The theoretical basis for this work are both a conventional cultural studies perspective as well as memetics, an evolutionary perspective of culture and literature that is utilized in this volume as an approach to studying genre at the example of the five case studies.
 

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Contents

Foreword by Reinhard Isensee
9
Religious Thought in Allegorical Television
17
A Memetic Approach to Culture
27
Truth and lies on The XFiles Millennium
43
Prophecy and the Self on Babylon 5
55
Star Treks Fourth Discontinuity
93
Recurring Patterns Elements
101
Genre Memerics and the Evolving Text
115
The Toolbox of Theory
129
References
135
Index
151
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About the author (2010)

Philipp Kneis studied American Studies and History at Humboldt-Universitšt zu Berlin. His research concerns American film and television, politics, Native American Studies and aging. Together with Antje Dallmann and Reinhard Isensee he has published Picturing America. Trauma, Realism, Politics and Identity in American Visual Culture (Peter Lang, 2007) and Envisioning American Utopias. Fictions of Science and Politics in Literature and Visual Culture (Peter Lang, 2010).

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