Television and Youth Culture Televised Paranoia

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  • Copyright: 2008-11-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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This book theorizes five youth television series: Dawson 's Creek, Freaks and Geeks, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Roswell, and Smallville from a psychoanalytic perspective drawing on the meeting ground between Jacques Lacan, Gilles Deleuze, and Felix Guattari. jagodzinski develops the notion of self-refleXivity (as distinct from self-reflection and self reflexion) to identify that aspect of the inhuman within ourselves, namely the order of the drives that these series explore. It is argued that the narratology of the post-Gothic form of Buffy, Roswell, and Smallville is the structure of paranoid schizophrenia. A hyper-self-reflexivity informs Dawson's Creek , while Freaks and Greeks deals with ethical dilemmas.

Author Biography

jan jagodzinski is Professor in the Department of Secondary Education, University of Alberta, Canada.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Youth Living in Paranoiac Timesp. 1
The Paranoia of the Posthumanp. 2
Between Post-Oedipus & Anti-Oedipusp. 7
Theoretical Considerationsp. 15
Madness and Paranoiap. 17
The Vicissitudes of the Schreber Casep. 17
Post-Oedipal Concernsp. 18
Post 9/11 Paranoiap. 20
Televised Simulacrap. 24
The Power of the Simulacrump. 26
From Self-Reflexion to Self-RefleXion: Acknowledging the Inhumanp. 29
From Self-Reflection to Self-Reflexionp. 31
Self-Reflexive Ironyp. 35
Paranoia within Risk Societiesp. 36
Self-RefleXion: In between Nature and Culturep. 39
X as the Meeting Place between Lacan and Deleuzep. 42
Self-RefleXive Narcissism and Alienationp. 47
Dawson's Creek's Reflexivity: Savvy Poststructuralismp. 49
Prelude: Horrific Screams of Teen's Hidden Angstp. 49
Scream and Scream Again: The Pleasures of Self-Referentialityp. 50
The Final Girl's Screamp. 55
Post-Oedipal Screamsp. 57
Dawson's Creek: The Postludep. 61
There Ain't No Rap but Capeside Papp. 64
Young Love, Pure "Confluent" Love?p. 65
Confluent Fag-Hag Lovep. 67
Ironic Self-Reflexivity-The Final Episode's Joke on Usp. 70
Freaks and Geeks: "I Don't Give a Damn 'Bout a Bad Reputation"p. 75
Hegemonic Masculinityp. 80
Resistance, Rebellion, or Deviance?p. 81
F&G's Music Scenep. 86
The Power of Refrainp. 88
And the [Geeks] Freaks Will Inherit the Earthp. 91
The Limits of Post-Subcultural Studiesp. 91
Questioning Hegemonyp. 92
Lacan-Deleuze on Multiplicityp. 95
Laughing with Daniel in the Lion's Denp. 97
Sam: Be Careful What You Desirep. 100
Deleuzian Ethics: Good Girl Becoming-Freakp. 102
Lindsay's Ethical Turnp. 104
A Diagram of the Good Girl's Escapep. 107
Real Paranoiap. 111
The Death Drive's at Stake: Buffy: The Vampire Slayerp. 113
The Usual (Objectionable) Suspectsp. 114
The Heroine with a Callp. 116
Opening Up a Porthole: Scratching the Tain of the Mirrorp. 117
Paranoid Psychosis: Suspending the Name-of-the-Fatherp. 120
Psychotic-like Language as Ethical Slayagep. 123
The Matrix of Players: The ONE=THREE of Buffy's Postfeminismp. 126
The Boyz/Bois/Boys and Gurls/Girls/Grrrls in Buffyp. 128
The Buffyverse Soteriology: Youth's Garden of Earthly Delightsp. 133
The Doubled Road of Ethicsp. 137
An Ethical Act Properp. 142
Postscriptp. 145
9/11 Addendum: Has the "Future of an Illusion" Collapsed?p. 145
Televised Paranoiac Spacesp. 151
Aliens "R" Us: Searching for the Posthuman Teenagerp. 153
Raising Sleeping Beauty from the Deadp. 154
Paranoiac Splitp. 155
Facing the Alien to the Sidep. 157
Alien Lovep. 158
Post-Oedipal Flipsp. 161
Alien-Angelsp. 162
Abductionsp. 163
Queering Kinshipp. 164
The Roswell Beatp. 165
The Alliance as War Machinep. 166
Posthumanist Line of Flightp. 166
Smallville, Somebody Save Me! Bringing Superman Down to Earthp. 169
Marvel-ing Supermanp. 169
Into the Vortex of the Tornadop. 175
Wholesome Goodnessp. 176
The Alien Messiah: No Flying Allowed!p. 179
Fate/Destiny/Choice: Earning His Angel Wingsp. 180
Why A Third Father? Reforming the Criminal CEOp. 183
Disjunctively Speakingp. 185
Stamping Out Alien-Human Freaks: Smallville's Moral Dutyp. 187
It's Raining Mutantsp. 188
$ <> S: Or Why Do Lex and Clark Not Laugh at Themselves?p. 191
Egghead Paranoiap. 193
Between Fantasy and Delusion-Is a Very Thin Linep. 195
Afterword: A Self-RefleXive Momentp. 197
Notesp. 201
Referencesp. 221
Indexp. 239
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