Investigating Charmed: The Magic Power of TV

Investigating Charmed: The Magic Power of TV

by Stan Beeler, Karin Beeler

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In 1998, the series "Charmed", the story created by Constance M. Burge of three sisters who discover that they are powerful witches, first aired on the WB network. The series ran for eight series and into top-rating DVDs, and has established a continuing presence as cult TV. The world of "Charmed" is distinctively one of female solidarity, with sisters Piper, Prudence, Phoebe and, with the death of Pru, half-sister Paige making up the 'power of three'. In their crusade against the demonic population of their home city of San Francisco, the Halliwell sisters have also inherited their powers and "The Book of Shadows" through the female line. The expert contributors to "Investigating 'Charmed'", all of them fans of the show, explore its nature as ground breaking TV. They debate the status of "Charmed" as third wave feminist narrative, as well as its upturning of notions of sexuality, and its creation of alternative forms of family life. The San Francisco setting is explored as is "Charmed's" brand of witchcraft and fantasy, its mythological antecedents and female heroes.
Looking also at the fans' relationship to the show, as well as its novelizations, fan fiction and blogs, the book on this fantastic magical show concludes with a complete Episode Guide.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845114800
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 01/15/2008
Series: Investigating Cult TV
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.52(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Stan Beeler is Chair of English at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada. His publications include 'Reading Stargate: SG-1' (co-edited with Lisa Dickson) published by I.B. Tauris in 2006. Karin Beeler is an Associate Professor in the English Department and Chair of Anthropology at the University of Northern British Columbia. She is the author of 'Tattoos, Desire and Violence: Marks of Resistance in Literature, Film and Television'.

Table of Contents

• Notes on contributors
• Charmed Cast List
• Introduction: Karin Beeler and Stan Beeler
• Part One Witchcraft, Wicca, Magic and Community
• 'Something Wicca This Way Comes': Audience Interpretation of a Marginalized Religious Philosophy on Charmed -- Michaela D.E. Meyer
• "Reclaiming Women's Language for Power and Agency: The Charmed Ones as Magical Rhetors"-- Susan Latta
• "The Power of Three: Strength in Numbers and 'Wordy' Witchcraft"-- Caroline Ruddell
• "'We are witches, we can do anything": Dynamics of Ritual, Familial Tradition, and Female Identity in Charmed" -- Sabine Schmidt
• "The Power of Three as Communitas: Moments of Subversion on Charmed -- Valerie Carroll
• Part Two Feminist Power
• "I Just Want to be Normal Again": Power and Gender in Charmed -- Catriona Miller
• "The Power of Two - Plus One" -- Randall Clark
• "Charming the Elders: Girl Power for Second-Wave Feminists" -- Susan J. Wolfe
• "Old Myths, New Powers: Images of Second Wave and Third Wave Feminism in Charmed" -- Karin Beeler
• "Postfeminism Without Limits?: Charmed, Horror and Sartorial Style -- Alison Peirse
• Part Three Visual Power in Fantasy Television
• "There's Nothing New In the Underworld: Narrative Recurrence and Visual Leitmotivs in Charmed" -- Stan Beeler
• "It Really Isn't All Black & White: Colour-Coding, Postfeminism, & Charmed -- James R. Knecht
• "There's No Place Like Charmed: Domesticity, the Uncanny, and the Utopian Potential of the City" -- Markus Reisenleitner
• Charmed Episode Guide: Seasons 1 - 8 (Suzann Martin and Stephanie Morgan)
• Glossary
• Selected Internet Sources
• Selected bibliography
• Index

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