Monday, October 25, 2010

Whedon Links Added

Many thanks to David Kociemba of Emerson College for alerting me of the existence of Watcher Junior: The Undergraduate Journal of Whedon Studies. I have added links to the journal and additional Whedon-related links to the resources sections of this blog.

NEPCA Area Update

The 2010 Annual Conference of NEPCA was held this past weekend, and I am pleased to report that all four sessions were well attended and included much productive discussion. My thanks to the presenters and audience members for their efforts.

Michael Torregrossa
Area Chair, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend Area Chair

Torchwood book from McFarland

I seem to have missed this and thank Marla Harris for alerting me to its existence:

Illuminating Torchwood: Essays on Narrative, Character and Sexuality in the BBC Series
Edited by Andrew Ireland
Series Editors Donald E. Palumbo and C.W. Sullivan III
ISBN 978-0-7864-4570-7
notes, index
251pp. softcover 2010
Price: $35.00

Created in 2006 as a spinoff of Doctor Who, the internationally popular BBC television series Torchwood is a unique blend of science fiction and fantasy, with much more of an adult flavor than its progenitor. The series’ "omnisexual" protagonist, maverick 51st-century time agent Captain Jack Harkness, leads a team of operatives from the present-day Torchwood Institute, a secret organization dedicated to battling supernatural and extraterrestrial criminals. With its archetypal characters, adult language, subversive humor and openly homosexual and bisexual storylines, Torchwood provides a wealth of material for scholarly analysis and debate.

Using Torchwood as its focal point, this timely collection of essays by a range of experts and enthusiasts provides an interpretive framework for understanding the continually developing forms and genres of contemporary television drama.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
Introduction—Reading the Rift (ANDREW IRELAND)      1

PART I: Narrative and Torchwood
One — Playing to the Crowd: Torchwood Knows We’re Watching
Two — Existentialism and Christian Symbolism
(R. C. NEIGHBORS)      22
Three — Policing the Rift: The Monstrous and the Uncanny
Four — Touching the Other: Alien Contact and Transgressive Touch
(RIA CHEYNE)      43
Five — More Than Just a Hero’s Journey: Harry Potter, Frodo Baggins, and Captain Jack Harkness
Six — Screwing Aliens and Screwing with Aliens: Torchwood Slashes the Doctor

PART II: Character and Torchwood
Seven — The Eternal Vigil: Captain Jack as Byronic Hero
(G. TODD DAVIS)      79
Eight — Gwen’s Evil Stepmother: Concerning Gloves and Magic Slippers
Nine — Transgressive Torch Bearers: Who Carries the Confines of Gothic Aesthetics?
Ten — The Alien Woman: Othering and the Oriental
(CARRIE DUNN)      113
Eleven — Outside the Heroic Paradigm
(TOM POWERS)      121

PART III: Sexuality and Torchwood
Twelve — “Love the coat”: Bisexuality, the Female Gaze and the Romance of Sexual Politics
Thirteen — Fashioning Masculinity and Desire
Fourteen — Sexual Relations and Sexual Identity Issues: Brave New Worlds or More of the Old One?
(SHERRY GINN)      165
Fifteen — “Loving the Alien”: The Erotics of Technology
(PAUL WINTERS)      181
Sixteen — Cyberwomen and Sleepers: Rereading the Mulatta Cyborg and the Black Woman’s Body
(ELSPETH KYDD)      191
Seventeen — No Consent Necessary: A Feminist Perspective on Non-Consensual Penetration
(CARRIE DUNN)      203
Eighteen — Out in Space: Masculinity, Sexuality and the Science Fiction Heroics of Captain Jack
(LEE BARRON)      213

Episode Guide      227
About the Contributors      231
Index      235

About the Author
Andrew Ireland is the associate dean for undergraduate students in the Media School of the United Kingdom’s Bournemouth University. In 2004 he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy.
Donald E. Palumbo is a professor of English at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He lives in Greenville. C.W. Sullivan III is in the English department at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.