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The emancipation of the soul [electronic resource] : memes of destiny in American mythological television / Philipp Kneis.

By: Kneis, Philipp.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Frankfurt am Main ; New York : Peter Lang, c2010Description: 1 online resource (153 p.).ISBN: 9783653003574 (electronic bk.); 3653003571 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Science fiction television programs -- United States -- History and criticism | Fantasy television programs -- History and criticism | Horror television programs -- History and criticism | Myth on television | Religion on television | Fernsehserie | Mythos <Motiv> | USA | PERFORMING ARTS / Television / ReferenceGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Emancipation of the soul.DDC classification: 791.45/615 Other classification: 791 | 300 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Pt. 1. Of myths & memes -- pt. 2. Case studies -- pt. 3. A mind of tis own.
Summary: 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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Includes bibliographical references (p. [135]-149) and index.

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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Pt. 1. Of myths & memes -- pt. 2. Case studies -- pt. 3. A mind of tis own.

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