The Emancipation of the Soul: Memes of Destiny in American Mythological Television
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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Foreword by Reinhard Isensee
Religious Thought in Allegorical Television
A Memetic Approach to Culture
Truth and lies on The XFiles Millennium
Prophecy and the Self on Babylon 5
Star Treks Fourth Discontinuity
alien allegory American Ancients Angel appear artifacts artificial ascension Atlantis Babylon become believe biological body Buffy called Centauri Chapter character Christian common complex consciousness context created cultural Daniel Dennett Daniel Jackson darkness Dawkins Delenn demons Dennett depicted destiny Directed discussion dreams Earth emancipation Episode Errand evil evolution existence fantasy Farscape fate fight franchise Frank Black G'Kar genes Goa'uld gods human hybrid ideas individual investigation Klingon Kneis Londo Mollari look matter means memeplex memes memetic memetic perspective memetic theory Michael Straczynski Millennium Minbari mind Mulder myth Mythological Genre narrative nature oftentimes once Original Air Date paranormal parasite phenotype political prophecy pseudoscience realm religion religious thinking replicators science fiction scientific Scully season seen sense Shadows Sheridan soul specific Star Trek Stargate story Tau'ri television series television shows themes things tion truth universe Vampire Slayer Vorlons Voyager Wolfram & Hart Wraith Written X-Files