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Excavating the Future: Archaeology and Geopolitics in Contemporary North American Science Fiction Film and Television

Shawn Malley

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781786941190
eISBN:
9781789629088
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786941190.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Well-known in popular culture for tomb-raiding and mummy-wrangling, the archaeologist is also a rich though often unacknowledged figure for constructing ‘strange new worlds’ from ‘strange old worlds’ ... More


Dramatized Societies: Quality Television in Spain and Mexico

Paul Julian Smith

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781781383247
eISBN:
9781786944054
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781383247.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

Over the last decade Spain and Mexico have both produced an extraordinary wealth of television drama and are among the leaders in their respective continents. The new dramas have high production ... More


Introduction

Shawn Malley

in Excavating the Future: Archaeology and Geopolitics in Contemporary North American Science Fiction Film and Television

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781786941190
eISBN:
9781789629088
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786941190.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The introductory chapter establishes relationships between archaeology as a trope within SF film and television and as a cultural site from which to investigate the medium’s critical engagement with ... More


Manticore

Shawn Malley

in Excavating the Future: Archaeology and Geopolitics in Contemporary North American Science Fiction Film and Television

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781786941190
eISBN:
9781789629088
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786941190.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Predicated on the infamous looting of the Baghdad Museum during the first week of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, Tripp Reed’s telefilm Manticore (2005) is a "Babylonian" text that reverses the ... More


Stargate SG-1

Shawn Malley

in Excavating the Future: Archaeology and Geopolitics in Contemporary North American Science Fiction Film and Television

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781786941190
eISBN:
9781789629088
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786941190.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter develops the central thesis of Chapter 1, namely that paramilitary archaeology is a means of invoking then containing dangerous pasts as an imaginative extension of U.S. foreign policy. ... More


Aftermath

Mike Ashley

in Transformations: The Story of the Science-Fiction Magazines from 1950 to 1970; The History Of Science-Fiction Magazine

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853237693
eISBN:
9781781380840
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237693.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The Golden Age of science fiction is often attributed to John W. Campbell, Jr's revolution at Astounding Science in the years 1939–1942. The 1960s proved to be the last real Silver Age of the science ... More


Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen

Shawn Malley

in Excavating the Future: Archaeology and Geopolitics in Contemporary North American Science Fiction Film and Television

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781786941190
eISBN:
9781789629088
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786941190.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the representation of archaeology in the action/adventure cinematics of Michael Bay's Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen (2007), a film predicated on hidden relics ... More


Ancient Aliens

Shawn Malley

in Excavating the Future: Archaeology and Geopolitics in Contemporary North American Science Fiction Film and Television

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781786941190
eISBN:
9781789629088
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786941190.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Focusing on the History Channel's popular series Ancient Aliens (2009-), this chapter examines how the (pseudo)documentary mode of representing the incredible idea that extra-terrestrial ... More


Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Shawn Malley

in Excavating the Future: Archaeology and Geopolitics in Contemporary North American Science Fiction Film and Television

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781786941190
eISBN:
9781789629088
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786941190.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter transposes the analogical investigation of ancient astronauts as a source of geopolitical meditation in Ancient Aliens to a SF film that make this connection explicit: Steven Spielberg's ... More


Smallville

Shawn Malley

in Excavating the Future: Archaeology and Geopolitics in Contemporary North American Science Fiction Film and Television

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781786941190
eISBN:
9781789629088
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786941190.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

For 10 seasons Smallville (2001-2011) remodelled Superman for audiences growing up with Clark Kent in an age perhaps uniquely defined by insecurity. Clark's struggles to understand what the audience ... More


Battlestar Galactica

Shawn Malley

in Excavating the Future: Archaeology and Geopolitics in Contemporary North American Science Fiction Film and Television

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781786941190
eISBN:
9781789629088
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786941190.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In the reimagined Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009), the scriptural phrase “life here began out there” prompts the survivors of the Cylon attack to seek refuge in the mythic home-world, Earth. While ... More


Prometheus

Shawn Malley

in Excavating the Future: Archaeology and Geopolitics in Contemporary North American Science Fiction Film and Television

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781786941190
eISBN:
9781789629088
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786941190.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Prometheus (2012) provides ample material for cyborg criticism in the figure of its android protagonist, David. Modelling himself after the archaeologist, promoter of Arab nationalism and British spy ... More


Envoi

Shawn Malley

in Excavating the Future: Archaeology and Geopolitics in Contemporary North American Science Fiction Film and Television

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781786941190
eISBN:
9781789629088
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786941190.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Excavating the Future concludes with a discussion of two real-world archaeological events: ISIS’s destruction of artefacts at Palmyra and Nimrud and the reaction by heritage preservation ... More


Conclusion

Chris Hopkins

in Walter Greenwood's 'Love on the Dole': Novel, Play, Film

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781786941145
eISBN:
9781789629422
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786941145.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The conclusion sums up the combined influence and significance of all three versions of Love on the Dole (novel, play, film) and summarises just how much it was referred to in public debates about ... More


‘I've Got a Theory about Scousers’: Jimmy McGovern and Lynda La Plante

Philip Smith

in Writing Liverpool: Essays and Interviews

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846310737
eISBN:
9781846314476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846314476.016
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter compares the work of television writers Jimmy McGovern and Lynda La Plante, both of whom gained prominence in the early eighties and helped renew mainstream television drama by engaging ... More


Introduction: Cold Opens

Paul Julian Smith

in Dramatized Societies: Quality Television in Spain and Mexico

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781781383247
eISBN:
9781786944054
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781383247.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

The Introduction charts the audiovisual field in Spain and Mexico and sets out the empirical and theoretical context for the case studies to come. Citing Raymond Williams, the source of the book’s ... More


Youth Culture on Television: El internado [The Boarding School] (Antena 3, 2007–10), Física o química [Physics or Chemistry] (Antena 3, 2008–11)

Paul Julian Smith

in Dramatized Societies: Quality Television in Spain and Mexico

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781781383247
eISBN:
9781786944054
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781383247.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

Chapter 3 begins with a survey of the youth genre in Spain, a topic little studied in comparison with the US. It goes on to suggest that two titles, once more the object of bitter attack from Spanish ... More


Reimagining Galician Cinema: Utopian Visions?

José Colmeiro

in Peripheral Visions / Global Sounds: From Galicia to the World

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781786940308
eISBN:
9781786944399
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781786940308.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter addresses the problematic situation of Galician film production, in the larger contexts of the Galician audiovisual sector, the Spanish cinema industry and the transnational currents of ... More


Smells Like Wild Spirit: Galician Rock Bravú, Between the Rurban and the Glocal

José Colmeiro

in Peripheral Visions / Global Sounds: From Galicia to the World

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781786940308
eISBN:
9781786944399
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781786940308.003.0010
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter examines the explosion of Rock Bravú, a popular cultural movement that redefined traditional rural/urban relations and thus remapped modern Galician culture in the 1990s. It examines the ... More


The Protagonists of Cultural and Scientific Diplomacy; 2011: A New Start

Philippe Lane

in French Scientific and Cultural Diplomacy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9781846318658
eISBN:
9781846317989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846318658.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

French cultural diplomacy now has one global brand – Insitut français – promoting books, the theatre, cinema and the visual arts, informing particularly on the Internet, training personnel for the ... More


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