Television and Youth Culture: Televised Paranoia

Television and Youth Culture: Televised Paranoia

by jan jagodzinski
     
 

This book theorizes five youth television series: Dawson’s Creek, Freaks and Geeks, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Roswell, and Smallville from a psychoanalytic perspective drawing on the meeting ground between Jacques Lacan, Gilles Deleuze, and Felix Guattari. jagodzinski develops the notion of self-refleXivity (as distinct from

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This book theorizes five youth television series: Dawson’s Creek, Freaks and Geeks, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Roswell, and Smallville from a psychoanalytic perspective drawing on the meeting ground between Jacques Lacan, Gilles Deleuze, and Felix Guattari. jagodzinski develops the notion of self-refleXivity (as distinct from self-reflection and self reflexion) to identify that aspect of the inhuman within ourselves, namely the order of the drives that these series explore. It is argued that the narratology of the post-Gothic form of Buffy, Roswell, and Smallville is the structure of paranoid schizophrenia. A hyper-self-reflexivity informs Dawson’s Creek, while Freaks and Greeks deals with ethical dilemmas.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403978080
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
12/09/2008
Series:
Psychoanalysis, Education and Social Transformation Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Youth Living in Paranoic Times * PART I: TELEVISED PARANOIAC SPACES
• The "Real" of Reality Television
• The Paranoiac Space of The X-Files * The "X" in the Self-refleXive Narrative: The X-Files * PART II: THE REAL PARANOIA
• The Death Drive's at Stake: Buffy: The Vampire Slayer
The Buffyverse Soteriology: Youth's Garden of Earthly Delights
• PART III: SELF-REFELEXIVE NARCISSISM AND ALIENATION
Dawson's Creek: Vacating Trauma Through Nostalgia
Roswell High: The Limits of the In/Human
Smallville: Youth as Alien Other
• The Ecographies of Television: Youth Undercover

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