Uncovering Stranger Things

Uncovering Stranger Things

This collection of 23 new essays explores how the show reduces, reuses and recycles '80s pop culture--from the films of Spielberg, Carpenter and Hughes to punk and synthwave music to Dungeons & Dragons--and how it shapes our understanding ...

Author: Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476633640

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 262

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 The Duffer Brothers’ award-winning Stranger Things exploded onto the pop culture scene in 2016. The Netflix original series revels in a nostalgic view of 1980s America while darkly portraying the cynical aspects of the period. This collection of 23 new essays explores how the show reduces, reuses and recycles ’80s pop culture—from the films of Spielberg, Carpenter and Hughes to punk and synthwave music to Dungeons & Dragons—and how it shapes our understanding of the decade through distorted memory. Contributors discuss gender and sexual orientation; the politics, psychology and educational policies of the day; and how the ultimate upper-class teen idol of the Reagan era became Stranger Things’ middle-aged blue-collar heroine.
Categories: Performing Arts

Investigating Stranger Things

Investigating Stranger Things

In Uncovering Stranger Things: Essays on Eighties Nostalgia, Cynicism and Innocence in the Series, edited by Kevin J. Wetmore, 195–204.

Author: Tracey Louise Mollet

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030663148

Category: Fantasy television programs

Page: 249

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This book explores the narrative, genre, nostalgia and fandoms of the phenomenally successful Netflix original series Stranger Things. It considers the different ways in which the show both challenges and confirms our pre-conceived notions of cult media texts by examining the series' textual features, contextual criticism and forms of audience engagement. The chapters examine all aspects of the show's presence in popular culture, engaging with debates surrounding cult horror, teen drama and contemporary anxieties in the age of Trump. The book also touches upon relatively neglected areas of scholarship in the realm of cult media, such as set design, fashion and the textual complexities of the Secret Cinema experience. Discussions within the book also serve to demonstrate how cult texts are facilitated by the new age of television, where notions of medium specificity are fundamentally transformed and streaming platforms open shows to the extensive analysis expected from (now mainstream) cult fandoms. Tracey Mollet is Lecturer in Media and Communication at the University of Leeds, UK. She is the author of Cartoons in Hard Times: The Animated Shorts of Disney and Warner Brothers in Depression and War (2017) and A Cultural History of the Disney Fairy Tale: Once Upon an American Dream (2020). She has published widely on American popular culture, including several articles and chapters on Stranger Things, intertextuality and nostalgia. Lindsey Scott is Lecturer in English at the University of Suffolk, UK, where she teaches adaptation studies and gothic horror in young adult fiction. Her work has appeared in edited collections and journals including Literature/Film Quarterly and Shakespeare Survey. She is currently writing on horror in children's literature and popular culture.
Categories: Fantasy television programs

Stranger Things and Philosophy

Stranger Things and Philosophy

... Projecting the World: Classical Hollywood, the “Foreign,” and Transnational Representations edited by Russell Meeuf; Uncovering Stranger Things, ...

Author: Jeffrey A. Ewing

Publisher: Open Court Publishing

ISBN: 9780812694741

Category: Philosophy

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Stranger Things and Philosophy is an important book, the first of its kind to examine the fantastical world of this award-winning, widely beloved, phenomenal show with a philosophical lens. This is important precisely because the show rests so heavily on a complex and thought-provoking mythos based around secretive government experiments and a parallel dimension that darkly reflects readers' own. The series as a whole has asked more questions than it has delivered answers, and the chapters in this volume will explore these topics. From the deepest recesses of the Upside Down, its tunnels snaking beneath the local bookstores of Hawkins, Indiana and who knows where else, this collection of philosophical musings on the world of Stranger Things promises to enlighten readers. This volume considers many of the philosophically related ideas that that come up in the show such as: What are the moral implications of secret government projects? What is the nature of friendship? Does scientific research need to be concerned with ethics? What might it be like to experience the world from the perspective of the Mind Flayer? Is it possible to understand the metaphysics of the Upside Down?
Categories: Philosophy

Handbook of Research on Transmedia Storytelling Audience Engagement and Business Strategies

Handbook of Research on Transmedia Storytelling  Audience Engagement  and Business Strategies

In K. J. Wetmore (Ed.), Uncovering Stranger Things. Essays on Eighties Nostalgia, Cynicism and Innocence in the Series (pp. 135–145). Jefferson: McFarland.

Author: Hern ndez-Santaolalla, V¡ctor

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 9781799831204

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 457

View: 286

As media evolves with technological improvement, communication changes alongside it. In particular, storytelling and narrative structure have adapted to the new digital landscape, allowing creators to weave immersive and enticing experiences that captivate viewers. These experiences have great potential in marketing and advertising, but the medium?s methods are so young that their potential and effectiveness is not yet fully understood. Handbook of Research on Transmedia Storytelling, Audience Engagement, and Business Strategies is a collection of innovative research that explores transmedia storytelling and digital marketing strategies in relation to audience engagement. Highlighting a wide range of topics including promotion strategies, business models, and prosumers and influencers, this book is ideally designed for digital creators, advertisers, marketers, consumer analysts, media professionals, entrepreneurs, managers, executives, researchers, academicians, and students.
Categories: Business & Economics

Ode to Gen X

Ode to Gen X

Uncovering Stranger Things: Essays on Eighties Nostalgia, Cynicism and Innocence in the Series, edited by Kevin J. Wetmore Jr., 164–72.

Author: Melissa Vosen Callens

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781496832436

Category: Social Science

Page: 198

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Even for the casual viewer, the Netflix series Stranger Things will likely feel familiar, reminiscent of popular 1980s coming-of-age movies such as The Goonies, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and Stand by Me. Throughout the series, nods to each movie are abundant. While Stranger Things and these classic 1980s films are all tales of childhood friendship and shared adventures, they are also narratives that reflect and shape the burgeoning cynicism of the 1980s. In Ode to Gen X: Institutional Cynicism in "Stranger Things" and 1980s Film, author Melissa Vosen Callens explores the parallels between iconic films featuring children and teenagers and the first three seasons of Stranger Things, a series about a group of young friends set in 1980s Indiana. The text moves beyond the (at times) non-sequitur 1980s Easter eggs to a common underlying narrative: Generation X’s growing distrust in American institutions. Despite Gen X’s cynicism toward both informal and formal institutions, viewers also see a more positive characteristic of Gen X in these films and series: Gen X’s fierce independence and ability to rebuild and redefine the family unit despite continued economic hardships. Vosen Callens demonstrates how Stranger Things draws on popular 1980s popular culture to pay tribute to Gen X’s evolving outlook on three key and interwoven American institutions: family, economy, and government.
Categories: Social Science

Was It Yesterday

Was It Yesterday

Stranger Things thus underscores that although we cannot return to the past, ... Uncovering Stranger Things: Essays on Eighties Nostalgia, Cynicism and ...

Author: Matthew Leggatt

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438483504

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 294

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Explores how nostalgia operates in contemporary US film and television. Bringing together prominent transatlantic film and media scholars, Was It Yesterday? explores the impact of nostalgia in twenty-first century American film and television. Cultural nostalgia, in both real and imagined forms, is dominant today, but what does the concentration on bringing back the past mean for an understanding of our cultural moment, and what are the consequences for viewers? This book questions the nature of this nostalgic phenomenon, the politics associated with it, and the significance of the different periods, in addition to offering counterarguments that see nostalgia as prevalent throughout film and television history. Considering such films and television shows as La La Land, Westworld, Stranger Things, and American Hustle, the contributors demonstrate how audiences have spent more time over the last decade living in various pasts. Matthew Leggatt is Senior Lecturer in English and American Literature at the University of Winchester, United Kingdom and the author of Cultural and Political Nostalgia in the Age of Terror: The Melancholic Sublime.
Categories: Performing Arts

Screening American Nostalgia

Screening American Nostalgia

Uncovering Stranger Things. 25. ... “The Ecology of the Upside Down: Or the Possibility of Black Life in Stranger Things,” Post 45 (online), July 4, 2019.

Author: Susan Flynn

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476642468

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 217

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This book examines American screen culture and its power to create and sustain values. Looking specifically at the ways in which nostalgia colors the visions of American life, essays explore contemporary American ideology as it is created and sustained by the screen. Nostalgia is omnipresent, selling a version of America that arguably never existed. Current socio-cultural challenges are played out onscreen and placed within the historical milieu through a nostalgic lens which is tempered by contemporary conservatism. Essays reveal not only the visual catalog of recognizable motifs but also how these are used to temper the uncertainty of contemporary crises. Media covered spans from 1939's Gone with the Wind, to Stranger Things, The Americans, Twin Peaks, the Fallout franchise and more.
Categories: Performing Arts

Netflix Nostalgia

Netflix Nostalgia

Jacopo Della Quercia, “Spielberg Things: The Nostalgic Heart of Stranger Things,” in Uncovering Stranger Things: Essays on Eighties Nostalgia, Cynicism, ...

Author: Kathryn Pallister

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781498583060

Category: Social Science

Page: 268

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Netflix Nostalgia examines Netflix as both a creator and a distributor of nostalgic content, with contributions from scholars from around the world. The chapters examine the role of nostalgia in Netflix’s brand identity, ideological messages about nostalgia in Netflix content, and audience responses to nostalgia on the Netflix platform.
Categories: Social Science

Cinematic TV

Cinematic TV

John Palisano, “Stranger (The) Thing: Echoes of John Carpenter in the Series,” in Uncovering Stranger Things: Essays on Eighties Nostalgia, Cynicism and ...

Author: Rashna Wadia Richards

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190071257

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 246

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Introduction. What is cinematic TV? -- "How about ... We watch a scary movie together" : paying tribute -- "You see everything" : evoking cinema -- "You're nobody's mommy" : overlapping genres -- "This isn't some TV show, okay?" : Mocking cinema -- Epilogue. What do TV critics dream about?
Categories: Performing Arts

The New Cinematic Weird

The New Cinematic Weird

Emma Thrower, “Stranger Things: The Duffer Brothers Share the Secrets of Their ... Bullying and Bad Parenting in the 1980s,” in Uncovering Stranger Things: ...

Author: Steen Ledet Christiansen

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781793612755

Category: Art

Page: 186

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The New Cinematic Weird analyzes the role that creepy, unsettling, ominous, uneasy, and eerie atmospheres play in recent films of this genre. The author shows how the new cinematic weird elicits joy by creating weird atmospheres as affective intensities that are to be experienced rather than understood.
Categories: Art

New Blood

New Blood

Tim Jelfs, The Argument about Things in the 1980s: Goods and Garbage in ... Uncovering Stranger Things: Essays on Eighties Nostalgia, Cynicism and Innocence ...

Author: Eddie Falvey

Publisher: University of Wales Press

ISBN: 9781786836359

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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The taste for horror is arguably as great today as it has ever been. Since the turn of the millennium, the horror genre has seen various developments emerging out of a range of contexts, from new industry paradigms and distribution practices to the advancement of subgenres that reflect new and evolving fears. New Blood builds upon preceding horror scholarship to offer a series of critical perspectives on the genre since the year 2000, presenting a collection of case studies on topics as diverse as the emergence of new critical categories (such as the contentiously named ‘prestige horror’), new subgenres (including ‘digital folk horror’ and ‘desktop horror’) and horror on-demand (‘Netflix horror’), and including analyses of key films such as The Witch and Raw and TV shows like Stranger Things and Channel Zero. Never losing sight of the horror genre’s ongoing political economy, New Blood is an exciting contribution to film and horror scholarship that will prove to be an essential addition to the shelves of researchers, students and fans alike.
Categories: Performing Arts

Monsters and Monstrosity

Monsters and Monstrosity

... “Monsters and Moral Panics: Dungeons & Dragons as Force of Good in Stranger Things,” in Uncovering Stranger Things: Essays on the Eighties Nostalgia, ...

Author: Daniela Carpi

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110654615

Category: Law

Page: 307

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Every culture knows the phenomenon of monsters, terrifying creatures that represent complete alterity and challenge every basic notion of self and identity within a cultural paradigm. In Latin and Greek culture, the monster was created as a marvel, appearing as something which, like transgression itself, did not belong to the assumed natural order of things. Therefore, it could only be created by a divinity responsible for its creation, composition, goals and stability, but it was triggered by some in- or non-human action performed by humans. The identification of something as monstrous denotes its place outside and beyond social norms and values. The monster-evoking transgression is most often indistinguishable from reactions to the experience of otherness, merging the limits of humanity with the limits of a given culture. The topic entails a large intersection among the cultural domains of law, literature, philosophy, anthropology, and technology. Monstrosity has indeed become a necessary condition of our existence in the 21st century: it serves as a representation of change itself. In the process of analysis there are three theoretical approaches: psychoanalytical, representational, ontological. The volume therefore aims at examining the concept of monstrosity from three main perspectives: technophobic, xenophobic, superdiversity. Today’s globalized world is shaped in the unprecedented phenomenon of international migration. The resistance to this phenomenon causes the demonization of the Other, seen as the antagonist and the monster. The monster becomes therefore the ethnic Other, the alien. To reach this new perspective on monstrosity we must start by examining the many facets of monstrosity, also diachronically: from the philological origin of the term to the Roman and classical viewpoint, from the Renaissance medical perspective to the religious background, from the new filmic exploitations in the 20th and 21st centuries to the very recent ethnological and anthropological points of view, to the latest technological perspective , dealing with artificial intelligence.
Categories: Law

The American Villain Encyclopedia of Bad Guys in Comics Film and Television

The American Villain  Encyclopedia of Bad Guys in Comics  Film  and Television

Stranger Things and the '80s: The Complete Retro Guide. St. London, ON, Canada: Cardinal. Wetmore, Kevin J., Jr. 2019. Uncovering Stranger Things: Essays on ...

Author: Richard A. Hall

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440869884

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 357

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The American Villain: Encyclopedia of Bad Guys in Comics, Film, and Television seeks to provide one go-to reference for the study of the most popular and iconic villains in American popular culture. Since the 1980s, pop culture has focused on what makes a villain a villain. The Joker, Darth Vader, and Hannibal Lecter have all been placed under the microscope to get to the origins of their villainy. Additionally, such bad guys as Angelus from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Barnabas Collins from Dark Shadows have emphasized the desire for redemption—in even the darkest of villains. Various incarnations of Lucifer/Satan have even gone so far as to explore the very foundations of what we consider "evil." The American Villain: Encyclopedia of Bad Guys in Comics, Film, and Television seeks to collect all of those stories into one comprehensive volume. The volume opens with essays about villains in popular culture, followed by 100 A–Z entries on the most notorious bad guys in film, comics, and more. Sidebars highlight ancillary points of interest, such as authors, creators, and tropes that illuminate the motives of various villains. A glossary of key terms and a bibliography provide students with resources to continue their study of what makes the "baddest" among us so bad. Examines in detail how villains and villainesses have appeared in comics and other media over the decades Shows how villains and villainesses have reflected the fears, anxieties, and hopes of American society at any given period Provides scholarly material that gives readers additional important historical context in five essays Ensures that diverse and obscure villains and villainesses are given equal coverage
Categories: Literary Criticism

Arctic Cinemas

Arctic Cinemas

... Eastwood's Cinema of Trauma (edited by Charles Hamilton and Allen Redmon), Uncovering Stranger Things (edited by Kevin Wetmore, Jr.), and elsewhere.

Author: Kylo-Patrick R. Hart

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476642871

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 191

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Arctic cinemas represent a noteworthy new subfield of film studies, and in the current era of unprecedented global warming, interest in the Arctic region and its cinematic portrayals has never been greater. Individually and collectively, films pertaining to Arctic inhabitants and experiences have substantially influenced viewer perceptions of the region throughout the world, often serving as blank slates for the fantasies and projections of individuals elsewhere with regard to its challenging landscape and perceived "otherworldliness." Written by a blend of academic scholars, artists, and filmmakers, this collection of essays provides a transnational overview of the variety of works--ranging from art films and documentaries to horror and road movies--that fall under the conceptual rubric of "Arctic cinemas," and examines their contributions to past and present perceptions of the Arctic. Theoretical and analytical approaches represented here include critical theory, cultural studies, ecocriticism, ethnography, gender studies, genre theory, historiography, and indigenous studies.
Categories: Performing Arts

New Queer Horror Film and Television

New Queer Horror Film and Television

... the 'Foreign,' and Transnational Representations edited by Russell Meeuf (Wayne State University Press), Uncovering Stranger Things, edited by Kevin ...

Author: Darren Elliott-Smith

Publisher: University of Wales Press

ISBN: 9781786836281

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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This anthology comprises essays that study the form, aesthetics and representations of LGBTQ+ identities in an emerging sub-genre of film and television termed ‘New Queer Horror’. This sub-genre designates horror crafted by directors/producers who identify as gay, bi, queer or transgendered, or works like Jeepers Creepers (2001), Let the Right One In (2008), Hannibal (2013–15), or American Horror Story: Coven (2013–14), which feature homoerotic or explicitly homosexual narratives with ‘out’ LGBTQ+ characters. Unlike other studies, this anthology argues that New Queer Horror projects contemporary anxieties within LGBTQ+ subcultures onto its characters and into its narratives, building upon the previously figurative role of Queer monstrosity in the moving image. New Queer Horror thus highlights the limits of a metaphorical understanding of queerness in the horror film, in an age where its presence has become unambiguous. Ultimately, this anthology aims to show that in recent years New Queer Horror has turned the focus of fear on itself, on its own communities and subcultures.
Categories: Fiction

Horror Literature from Gothic to Post Modern

Horror Literature from Gothic to Post Modern

His books include Post–/ Horror in American Cinema, Back from the Dead, The Theology of Battlestar Galactica, and Uncovering Stranger Things.

Author: Michele Brittany

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476674889

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 236

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From shambling zombies to Gothic ghosts, horror has entertained thrill-seeking readers for centuries. A versatile literary genre, it offers commentary on societal issues, fresh insight into the everyday and moral tales disguised in haunting tropes and grotesque acts, with many stories worthy of critical appraisal. This collection of new essays takes in a range of topics, focusing on historic works such as Ann Radcliffe's Gaston de Blondeville (1826) and modern novels including Max Brooks' World War Z. Other contributions examine weird fiction, Stephen King, Richard Laymon, Indigenous Australian monster mythology and horror in picture books for young children.
Categories: Literary Criticism

RuPaul s Drag Race and Philosophy

RuPaul s Drag Race and Philosophy

... the “Foreign,” and Transnational Representations, Uncovering Stranger Things, and The Handmaid's Tale and Philosophy: A Womb of One's Own (2019).

Author: Hendrik Kempt

Publisher: Open Court Publishing

ISBN: 9780812694826

Category: Philosophy

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As RuPaul has said, this is the Golden Age of Drag—and that’s chiefly the achievement of RuPaul’s Drag Rac,/i>e, which in its eleventh year is more popular than ever, and has now become fully mainstream in its appeal. The show has an irresistible allure for folks of all persuasions and proclivities. Yet serious or philosophical discussion of its exponential success has been rare. Now at last we have RuPaul’s Drag Race and Philosophy, shining the light on all dimensions of this amazing phenomenon: theories of gender construction and identity, interpretations of RuPaul’s famous quotes and phrases, the paradoxes of reality shows, the phenomenology of the drag queen, and how the fake becomes the truly authentic. Among the thought-provoking issues examined in this path-breaking and innovative volume: ● What Should a Queen Do? Marta Sznajder looks at RuPaul’s Drag Race from the perspective of rationality. Where contestants have to eliminate each other, the prisoner’s dilemma and other well-known situations emerge. ● Reading Is Fundamental! Lucy McAdams analyzes two different, important speech acts that regularly appear on Drag Race—reading and throwing shade. ● The Values of Drag Race. Guilel Treiber observes two competing sets of values being presented in Drag Race. The more openly advertised “charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent,” advancing the skills of every single contender, are opposed by the fading set of “acceptance, support, solidarity, and empowerment,” which has historically been the cornerstone of the LGBTI+ community. ● The Importance of Being Fabulous. Holly Onclin challenges the preconceived notion that drag queens are mainly about female impersonation and instead proposes to understand drag queens as impersonators of celebrity. ● RuPaul Is a Better Warhol. Megan Volpert compares RuPaul and Andy Warhol in their shared pursuit of realness. ● Is Reading Someone to Filth Allowed? Rutger Birnie asks whether there are ethical restrictions on reading someone, since reads are ultimately insults and could cause harm. ● Serving Realness? Dawn Gilpin and Peter Nagy approach the concept of realness in Drag Race, to discuss the differences between realness, authenticity and the nature of being. ● Death Becomes Her. Hendrik Kempt explores the topic of death both in philosophy and in Drag Race, starting from the claim that “Philosophy is training for death.” ● We’re All Born Naked. Oliver Norman follows up on Ru’s mantra, “We are all born naked and the rest is drag.” ● Fire Werk with Me. Carolina Are looks into the fan-subcultures of Drag Race and Twin Peaks, which have come together to form a unique sub-subculture, in which members of both fan-subcultures create memes and idiosyncrasies. ● Towards a Healthier Subjectivity? Ben Glaister looks at the way Drag Race contestants adopt their drag personae almost as second selves, without finding themselves violating their other self. ● RuPaul versus Zarathustra. Julie and Alice van der Wielen ask the question, Who would win an intellectual lip-sync battle—RuPaul or Nietzsche’s Zarathustra? ● Playing with Glitter? Fernando Pagnoni and pals explore the game and play elements of Drag Race. ● The Origins of Self-Love. Anna Fennell expounds upon RuPaul’s question, “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?” ● The Sublime. Sandra Ryan thinks about Kant’s concept of the sublime and explores how we find its applications in Drag Race. ● You Want to Be Anonymous? You Better Work! Alice Fox watches Drag Race through the lens of criminal law and the problem of decreasing anonymity through ubiquitous data surveillance. Drag Race can teach us how to create misleading patterns of online behavior and public presentation to render the blackbox persona useless. ● Drag and Vulnerability. Anneliese Cooper contrasts Drag Race’s demand for vulnerability and perceived authenticity with the inherent inauthenticity of creating a new persona.
Categories: Philosophy

The Streaming of Hill House

The Streaming of Hill House

... And from mcfArlAnd Uncovering Stranger Things: Essays on Eighties Nostalgia, Cynicism and Innocence in the Series (2018) The Oberammergau Passion Play: ...

Author: Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476678658

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 282

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Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House has received both critical acclaim and heaps of contempt for its reimagining of Shirley Jackson's seminal horror novel. Some found Mike Flanagan's series inventive, respectful and terrifying. Others believed it denigrated and diminished its source material, with some even calling it a "betrayal" of Jackson. Though the novel has produced a great deal of scholarship, this is the first critical collection to look at the television series. Featuring all new essays from noted scholars and award-winning horror authors, this collection goes beyond comparing the novel and the Netflix adaptation to look at the series through the lenses of gender, architecture, education, hauntology, addiction, and trauma studies including analysis of the show in the context of 9/11 and #Me Too. Specific essays compare the series with other texts, from Flanagan's other films and other adaptations of Jackson's novel, to the television series Supernatural, Toni Morrison's Beloved and the 2018 film Hereditary. Together, this collection probes a terrifying television series about how scary reality can truly be, usually because of what it says about our lives in America today.
Categories: Performing Arts

Supernatural Out of the Box

Supernatural Out of the Box

Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr., is the author and editor of more than a dozen and a half books, including Uncovering Stranger Things (2018) and The Streaming of Hill ...

Author: Lisa Macklem

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476673424

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 238

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Supernatural is one of the most successful horror TV shows ever, providing fifteen seasons of the adventures of Dean and Sam Winchester as they hunt monsters and save the world. It has nurtured a passionate fan base, which has been far more directly integrated into the show than is typical. Wry and self-aware, Supernatural repeatedly breaks out of the televisual box to acknowledge its fans and its own fictionality. Though there have already been several studies of Supernatural, this volume is the first to focus extensively and intensively on the show's metafictional elements. This essay collection argues that Supernatural is not merely a horror show, but is a show about how horror works as a genre, and how fans interact with their favorite material. From exploring how the show has equated authorship with divinity, to considering its incorporation of fandom and closely reading several key episodes, the essays in this volume seek to examine the multiple layers of textuality found in Supernatural.
Categories: Performing Arts

Uncovering the Hidden Stranger Within

Uncovering the Hidden Stranger Within

They convey to us that in the beginning God brought something into existence out of nothing. Why would God create something out of nothing?

Author: Kay Taiwo

Publisher: Vision for Life Publications

ISBN: 9780967657202

Category: Religion

Page: 126

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The truth remains: men, women, and children are plunging deeper into the entanglement of a deplorable condition. The crisis of identity plagues our world like never before. When a person's basic sense of being is altered, he or she tends to gravitate in the direction that seems to offer a deeper sense of self-worth. You are a unique individual, possessing unique gifts, talents, and abilities. You cannot be duplicated! That is why attempting to be someone else only leaves you feeling inadequate. Your identity is what makes 'you' you, and not someone else. Ignorance is no bliss! What you do not know can hinder you. In the same token, if you do not know who you are, you will stumble in your attempt to fulfill your God-given purpose. In this book, we deal with the importance of manifesting our destiny through grabbing a hold of biblical insights as to who we are in Christ. Why? The reason is 'Mankind has an identity ordained in Christ. This identity once embraced in its totality determines the course of destiny experienced.' It is time to live on purpose! There are countless millions waiting for you to show up and deliver what God has invested in you. The principles discussed in this book have been demonstrated in our lives for years. This is a book from the heart. We believe that as you embrace the principles therein, illumination will come to you relative to your specific condition. With the help of the Spirit of God, you will know what adjustments to make to stand your ground as an ambassador in the Kingdom of God. It is our prayer that you will understand clearly that your identity is suspended between your origin and your destiny. What you identify as your origin affects your perception of self. Why? 'You are a byproduct of the one who made you.' The originator of a thing determines its intrinsic worth. The origin also spells out the outcome of the product. We trust that as you read this book you will grasp that your Creator, God, did a good job in making you. — Kayode and Olumide Taiwo
Categories: Religion