Investigating Veronica Mars: Essays on the Teen Detective Series

Overview

During the course of its three seasons, Veronica Mars captured the attention of fans and academics alike. The 12 scholarly essays in this collection examine the show's most compelling elements. Topics covered include vintage television, the search for the mother, fatherhood, the show's connection to classical Greek paradigms, the anti-hero's journey, rape narrative and meaning, and television fandom. Collectively, these essays reveal how a teen television show—equal parts noir, romance, social realism and ...

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Overview

During the course of its three seasons, Veronica Mars captured the attention of fans and academics alike. The 12 scholarly essays in this collection examine the show's most compelling elements. Topics covered include vintage television, the search for the mother, fatherhood, the show's connection to classical Greek paradigms, the anti-hero's journey, rape narrative and meaning, and television fandom. Collectively, these essays reveal how a teen television show—equal parts noir, romance, social realism and father-daughter drama—became a worthy subject for scholarly study.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786445349
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/8/2011
  • Pages: 210
  • Sales rank: 890,128
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Rhonda V. Wilcox is a professor of English at Gordon College. She is the editor of Studies in Popular Culture and the coeditor of Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association. She is the author of one previous book on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and has published numerous essays. Sue Turnbull is the chair of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Wollongong in Australia. She has published broadly in the fields of media education, audience studies and television, with particular attention to the representation of crime in popular culture.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Introduction. Canonical Veronica: Veronica Mars and Vintage Television Rhonda V. Wilcox Sue Turnbull 1

1 Rob Thomas and Television Creativity David Lavery 23

2 Performing Veronica Mars Sue Turnbull 35

3 So Cal Pietà: Veronica Mars, Logan Echolls, and the Search for the Mother Rhonda V. Wilcox 49

4 "Who's Your Daddy?": Issues of Fatherhood Sarah A. Leavitt Lewis A. Leavitt 67

5 Family Matters: Antigone, Veronica, and the Classical Greek Paradigm Stan Beeler 82

6 Rethinking "The Getting Even Part": Feminist Anger and Vigilante Justice in a Post-9/11 America Tamy Burnett Melissa Townsend 95

7 "Get My Revenge On": The Anti-Hero's Journey Paul Zinder 110

8 This Teen Sleuth's Tricks Aren't Just for Kids: Connecting with an Intergenerational Audience Lisa Emmerton 123

9 "We used to be Friends": Breaking up with America's Sweetheart Sophie Mayer 137

10 "No Longer That Girl": Rape Narrative and Meaning in Veronica Mars Sarah Whitney 152

11 Neptune (Non-)Consensual: The Risky Business of Television Fandom, Falling in Love, and Playing the Victim Tanya R. Cochran 167

Episode Credits 189

Cast Credits 192

Contributors 193

Index 197

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