Television, Religion, and Supernatural: Hunting Monsters, Finding Gods

Television, Religion, and Supernatural: Hunting Monsters, Finding Gods

By: Erika Engstrom (author), Joseph M. Valenzano (author)Paperback

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Television, Religion, and Supernatural examines the text of the CW network television series Supernatural, a program based in the horror genre that offers viewers myriad religious-based antagonists through the portrayals of monsters, which its two main characters "hunt" and destroy, as well as storylines based on the Bible. Even as the series' producers claim a nonreligious perspective, the authors contend that story arcs and outcomes of episodes actually forward a hegemonic portrayal of Christianity that portrays a good-versus-evil motif regarding the superiority of Catholicism. The depiction of its protagonist brothers, Dean and Sam Winchester of Lawrence, Kansas, provides a pro-American perspective regarding a more generalized fight against evil in contemporary times.

About Author

Erika Engstrom is professor of communication studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is the author of The Bride Factory: Mass Media Portrayals of Women and Weddings. Joseph M. Valenzano, III, is assistant professor and basic course director at the University of Dayton. He has co-authored two public speaking textbooks, The Speaker: The Tradition and Practice of Public Speaking and The Speaker's Primer.


Contents Chapter One: Introduction-Religion, Mass Media, and Supernatural Chapter Two: Plurality of Religion Chapter Three: Hegemony of Religion Chapter Four: Horsemen and Homilies Chapter Five: A Divinely Ordained Civil Religion Chapter Six: Conclusion References

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  • ISBN13: 9781498550390
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 166
  • ID: 9781498550390
  • weight: 254
  • ISBN10: 1498550398

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