Seers, Witches and Psychics on Screen: An Analysis of Women Visionary Characters in Recent Television and Film

Seers, Witches and Psychics on Screen: An Analysis of Women Visionary Characters in Recent Television and Film

by Karin Beeler


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786433469
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 10/17/2008
Pages: 219
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Karin Beeler is the English department chair at the University of Northern British Columbia in Canada. She has published in various areas of film and television studies, including screen culture for children.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Introduction 1

Part 1. Postfeminist Cassandras: Seers, “Witches” and Women Who Know the Future

ONE. Cheerleader/Seer: The Hybrid Visions of Cordelia Chase in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel 25

TWO. The Transformation of River Tam: Psychic Warrior, Female Prodigy and Anti-Hero in Firefly and Serenity 38

THREE. Phoebe and the Power of Sight: The Witch as Seer in Charmed 49

FOUR. Visions of the “Mad” Outsider in Hex: Cassandra, Witches and Lesbian Appetite 61

FIVE. Postfeminist Savior: Seeing the Future and Reliving the Day in Tru Calling 70

Part 2. Joan of Arc in Contemporary Television: Images of a Reluctant Seer

SIX. Teen Visions of God: Postfeminist Heroism and Genre Crossing in Joan of Arcadia 83

SEVEN. Joan of Arc in Niagara Falls: Signs of a Seer and Cross-Cultural Contact in Wonderfalls 93

Part 3. Investigating the Dead: Mediums and Psychic Detectives

EIGHT. Psychic Women, “Dead” Men and the Search for Truth: Cross-Gender Communication in Ghost, The Gift and Premonition 107

NINE. Rescue Mediums and Psychic Investigators: Television for Women and Paranormal Programming 124

TEN. Resisting the Myth of the Bad Mother: Psychic Visions and Maternal Anxiety in NBC’s Medium 138

ELEVEN. Looking for Closure: Investigating Mothers, Daughters and Disease in Ghost Whisperer 151

TWELVE. A Medium’s Visions of a Third Space: Finding Family in the U.K. Series Afterlife 165

Conclusion 177

Chapter Notes 181

Bibliography 195

Index 203

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