Illuminating "Torchwood": Essays on Narrative, Character and Sexuality in the BBC Series

Illuminating "Torchwood": Essays on Narrative, Character and Sexuality in the BBC Series

By: Donald E. Palumbo (editor), Andrew Ireland (editor), C. W. Sullivan (editor)Paperback

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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.

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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.

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  • publication date: 15/03/2010
  • ISBN13: 9780786445707
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 251
  • ID: 9780786445707
  • weight: 340
  • ISBN10: 078644570X

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