British Science Fiction Film and Television: Critical Essays

British Science Fiction Film and Television: Critical Essays

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Overview

Written by international experts from a range of disciplines, these essays examine the uniquely British contribution to science fiction film and television. Viewing British SF as a cultural phenomenon that challenges straightforward definitions of genre, nationhood, authorship and media, the editors provide a conceptual introduction placing the essays within their critical context. Essay topics include Hammer science fiction films, the various incarnations of Doctor Who, Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, and such 21st-century productions as 28 Days Later and Torchwood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786446216
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 02/21/2011
Series: Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy Series , #29
Pages: 237
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Tobias Hochscherf is a professor of audio-visual media at University of Applied Sciences in Kiel, Germany. His research on European film and television culture has been widely published. James Leggott is a senior lecturer in film and television studies at Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. He has published on various aspects of British film and television culture.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: British Science Fiction Beyond the TARDIS

TOBIAS HOCHSCHERF and JAMES LEGGOTT 1



1. H.G. Wells and Science Fiction Cinema

JAMES CHAPMAN 11

2. Aftermaths: Post-Apocalyptic Imagery

CHRISTIAN HOFFSTADT and DOMINIK SCHREY 28

3. The BBC Versus “Science Fiction”: The Collision of Transnational Genre and National Identity in Television of the Early 1950s

DEREK JOHNSTON 40

4. Hammer Horror and Science Fiction

DAVID SIMMONS 50

5. Robert Fuest and The Final Programme: Science Fiction and the Question of Style

MICHAEL DU PLESSIS 60

6. “Anything Can Happen in the Next Half-Hour”: Gerry Anderson’s Transnational Science Fiction

JONATHAN BIGNELL 73

7. Tracking UFO: Format, Text and Context

PETER HUTCHINGS 85

8. A Clockwork Orange, Exploitation and the Art Film

I.Q. HUNTER 96

9. Visions of an English Dystopia: History, Technology and the Rural Landscape in The Tripods

LINCOLN GERAGHTY 104

10. The Future of History in Dennis Potter’s Cold Lazarus

CHRISTINE SPRENGLER 117

11. Expatriate! Expatriate! Doctor Who: The Movie and Commercial Negotiation of a Multiple Text

PETER WRIGHT 128

12. Invasion of the Brit-Snatchers: National Identity in Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema

AIDAN POWER 143

13. A Cosy Catastrophe: Genre, National Cinema, and Fan Responses to 28 Days Later

BRIGID CHERRY 156

14. Desiring the Doctor: Identity, Gender and Genre in Online Fandom

REBECCA WILLIAMS 167

15. Invaders from Space, Time Travel and Omnisexuality: The Multi-Layered Narrative of Torchwood

LEE BARRON 178



Chapter Notes 193

Select Bibliography 213

About the Contributors 217

Index 221

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