Perspectives

First Impressions: Fear the Walking Dead

August 28, 2015
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First Impressions: <em>Fear the Walking Dead</em>

Amanda Keeler offers some initial thoughts on the pilot of Fear the Walking Dead and its use of storytelling, genre, setting, and character, pointing out that interpretation will depend largely on which elements of the original Walking Dead series resonate with individual viewers.
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“Long Live Abigail Hobbs”: The Significance of Hannibal‘s Deviant “Daughter”

August 26, 2015
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“Long Live Abigail Hobbs”: The Significance of <i>Hannibal</i>‘s Deviant “Daughter”

In the final installment of a limited series on NBC's gothic horror program Hannibal, Allison McCracken focuses on character Abigail Hobbs, who has become a prominent figure among the program's feminist fan communities.
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Love for the Fannish Archive: Fuller’s Hannibal as Fanfiction

August 25, 2015
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Love for the Fannish Archive: Fuller’s <i>Hannibal</i> as Fanfiction

In positioning the series as fan fiction, Hannibal show runner Bryan Fuller and his team claim the identity and ethos of the feminine-gendered fan, a position that allows them to intertextually and ardently acknowledge both the practices and the affect of its primarily female fandom.
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Branding Hannibal: When Quality TV Viewers and Social Media Fans Converge

Branding <i>Hannibal</i>: When Quality TV Viewers and Social Media Fans Converge

In the first installment of a three-part series on NBC's Hannibal, Allison McCracken and Brian Faucette discuss the show's and network's branding efforts in relation to their appeals to "feminized" audiences.
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AnTENNA, UnREAL: Channel Branding and Racial Politics

August 21, 2015
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AnTENNA, <i>UnREAL</i>: Channel Branding and Racial Politics

The final part of a week-long forum for media scholars to share their thoughts about Lifetime's UnREAL explores the series in relation to cable branding and racial politics.
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AnTENNA, UnREAL: Romance and Pedagogy

August 19, 2015
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AnTENNA, <i>UnREAL</i>: Romance and Pedagogy

The second part of a week-long forum for media scholars to share their thoughts about Lifetime's UnREAL explores the series in relation to romance and pedagogy.
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AnTENNA, UnREAL: Anti-Heroes, Genre and Legitimation

August 17, 2015
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AnTENNA, <i>UnREAL</i>: Anti-Heroes, Genre and Legitimation

The first part of a week-long forum for media scholars to share their thoughts about Lifetime's UnREAL explores the series in relation to contemporary anti-hero dramas.
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TV and the Propaganda Crisis

August 10, 2015
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TV and the Propaganda Crisis

Deborah Jaramillo engages with Emma Louise Briant's new book, Propaganda and Counter-terrorism: Strategies for Global Change, to explore how the prickly world of government propagandists lends critical context to television representations of espionage and the War on Terror.
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Report from GeekyCon, Orlando, July 30-August 2: The Challenges of Rebranding a Feminist Con

Report from GeekyCon, Orlando, July 30-August 2: The Challenges of Rebranding a Feminist Con

The newly rebranded GeekyCon fan convention struggles to reconcile commerce and community, negotiate the inclusion of more white (cis) men in a heretofore female/queer environment, and create a "positive" fan environment that still leaves room for dissent.
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In Memoriam: Peg Lynch and Her Records of Broadcast History

August 3, 2015
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In Memoriam: Peg Lynch and Her Records of Broadcast History

Peg Lynch, creator and star of Ethel and Albert, recently passed away at the age of 98. Her contributions to radio and early television may not be well known, but materially this forgotten show exists.
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Considering Kids’ Media: Call for Papers for Issue #78 of Velvet Light Trap

July 31, 2015
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Considering Kids’ Media: Call for Papers for Issue #78 of <i>Velvet Light Trap</i>

On behalf of the coordinating editors for Velvet Light Trap's 78th issue, Caroline Ferris Leader outlines the call for investigating children's media.
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More Than a (Small/White/Cisgender) Woman: Images of Non-Normative Women in Sports

July 28, 2015
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More Than a (Small/White/Cisgender) Woman: Images of Non-Normative Women in Sports

Jennifer Lynn Jones analyzes recent images and discourse on non-normative female athletes in sports media.
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Public Stadium Financing: The World’s Greatest “Save Our Show” Campaign

July 21, 2015
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Public Stadium Financing: The World’s Greatest “Save Our Show” Campaign

Spending public funds on sports stadiums and arenas is just as much about cultural policy as it is economic policy.
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“Any God Worth Believing in Sends You Dudes in Thongs When in Need”: Exploring Women’s Pleasure in Magic Mike XXL

“Any God Worth Believing in Sends You Dudes in Thongs When in Need”: Exploring Women’s Pleasure in <i>Magic Mike XXL</i>

Magic Mike XXL adds new iconography to the intersectionally raced, gendered, and very classed pleasures found within the women's film through its attention to the centrality of women's sexual desires vis-à-vis the deployment of male bodies who serve to maintain that pleasure.
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Videographic Criticism 101

July 9, 2015
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Videographic Criticism 101

Melanie Kohnen reflects on what she learned at Middlebury College's videographic criticism workshop.
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