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Investigating Firefly and Serenity Science Fiction on the Frontier

ISBN-10: 1845116542
ISBN-13: 9781845116545
Edition: 2008
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Description: The first definitive guide to both the remarkable Space WesternFireflyand its major film spin-offSerenity, this book offers an in-depth and comprehensive look at the TV phenomenon kept alive by the fans. The brain child of Joss Whedon--of Buffy  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: I. B. Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date: 9/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

The first definitive guide to both the remarkable Space WesternFireflyand its major film spin-offSerenity, this book offers an in-depth and comprehensive look at the TV phenomenon kept alive by the fans. The brain child of Joss Whedon--of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel fame--Fireflyran for twelve hour-long episodes before being cancelled by the network. But this premature burial had a remarkable outcome: resurrection. The fans--self-named Browncoats--kept multiplying, the DVDs kept selling and the show forged a new life on the internet, sustained by blogs, fan-fics and podcasts. Films, meetings and conferences ensured their numbers increased, as did the release of the majorFireflymotion pictureSerenity.nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; From detailed chapters on scenes and themes, through to explorations of the characters, actors, music, and, of course, the fans,Investigating Firefly and Serenitytells readers everything they need to know about the show and more. With contributions from over twenty of the best international Whedon scholars, TV & film critics, and writers, it will become the must-have book for followers of the series/film, for fans of Joss Whedon and his work, and anyone with an interest in the modern phenomenon of cult TV and the remarkable power of the internet.

Introduction
'Good Myth': Joss Whedon's Further Worlds
'They Tried to Kill Us, and Here We Are': Episode and Film Guide
Language and Rhetoric
'But She Was Naked! And All Articulate!': The Rhetoric of Seduction in Firefly
Representing the Future: Chinese and Codeswitching in Firefly
'Much Madness is Divinest Sense': Firefly's 'Big Damn Heroes' and Little Witches
Gender
The Threat of the 'Good Wife': Feminism, Postfeminism, and Third-Wave Feminism in Firefly
The Companions and Socrates: Is Inara a Hetaera?
'I Aim to Misbehave': Masculinities in the 'Verse
Genre
'The Alliance Isn't Some Evil Empire': Dystopia in Joss Whedon's Firefly/Serenity
Back to the Future: Retrofuturism, Cyberpunk, and Humanity in Firefly and Serenity
Firefly's 'Out of Gas': Genre Echoes and the Hero's Journey
Social and Cultural Themes
Reavers and Redskins: Creating the Frontier Savage
A Geopolitical Interpretation of Serenity
Religion and Morality
'I Do Not Hold to That': Joss Whedon and Original Sin
Humanity in a 'Place of Nothin": Morality, Religion, Atheism, and Possibility in Firefly
Music
Music, Race, and Paradoxes of Representation: Jubal Early's Musical Motif of Barbarism in 'Objects in Space'
Marching Out of Step: Music and Otherness in the Firefly/Serenity Saga
Visuals
Between Past and Future: Hybrid Design Style in Firefly and Serenity
Deathly Serious: Mortality, Morality, and the Miseen-Scene in Firefly and Serenity
Fans, Transition, and the World Outside
'Can't Stop the Signal': The Resurrection/Regeneration of Serenity
The Browncoats Are Coming! Firefly, Serenity, and Fan Activism
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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