segunda-feira, 8 de fevereiro de 2010

Watching Doctor Who and Star Trek



Why are Star Trek and Doctor Who so popular? These two science fiction series have both survived cancellation and continue to attract a huge community of fans and followers. Doctor Who has appeared in eight different TV and film guises and Star Trek is now approaching its fourth television incarnation. Science Fiction Audiences examines the continuing popularity of two television ‘institutions’ of our time.

Through dialogue with fans and followers of Star Trek and Doctor Who in the US, Britain and Australia, John Tulloch and Henry Jenkins ask what it is about the two series that elicits such strong and active responses from their audiences. Is it their particular intervention into the SF genre? Their expression of peculiarly
‘American’ and ‘British’ national cultures? Their ideologies and visions of the future, or their conceptions of science and technology? None of these works in isolation, because, as the plentiful interviews with fans and followers illustrate, audiences actively play with their entertainment according to complex and shifting categories of recognition, competence and pleasure.

Science Fiction Audiences responds to a rich fan culture which encompasses debates about fan aesthetics, teenage attitudes to science fiction, queers and Star Trek, and ideology and pleasure in Doctor Who. It is a book both for fans of the two series, who will be able to continue their debates in its pages, and for students of media and cultural studies, offering a historial overview of audience theory in a fascinating synthesis of text, context and audience study.

Part I
1 Beyond the Star Trek phenomenon: reconceptualizing the science fiction audience
Henry JenkinsJohn Tulloch

2 Positioning the SF audience: Star Trek, Doctor Who and the texts of science fiction
John Tulloch

3 The changing audiences of science fiction
John Tulloch

Part II
4 ‘Throwing a little bit of poison into future generations’: Doctor Who audiences and ideology
John Tulloch

5 ‘It’s meant to be fantasy’: teenage audiences and genre
John Tulloch

6 ‘But why is Doctor Who so attractive?’: negotiating ideology and pleasure
John Tulloch

7 ‘But he’s a Time Lord! He’s a Time Lord!’: reading formations, followers and fans
John Tulloch

8 ‘We’re only a speck in the ocean’: the fans as powerless elite
John Tulloch

Part III
9 ‘Infinite diversity in infinite combinations’: genre and authorship in Star Trek
Henry Jenkins

10 ‘At other times, like females’: gender and Star Trek fan fiction
Henry Jenkins

11 ‘How many Starfleet officers does it take to change a lightbulb?’: Star Trek at MIT
Henry Jenkins

12 ‘Out of the closet and into the universe’: queers and Star Trek
Henry Jenkins

Notes
Index



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