116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Television Studies III

Session Chair: 
James Lu, California Baptist University
Session 6: Saturday 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Miller Hall 152
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  1. Cori Knight, University of California - Riverside
    This paper engages the differing depictions of God and the devil in The Simpsons and Futurama and explores possible reasons for these differences, including those tied to setting, religious conventions, and writing staff.
  2. Sarah Baker, Auckland University of Technology
    The Game of Thrones (2011 -) quality television series is a phenomenal worldwide success. Filled with themes of Gothic horror, including sinister power struggles, torture, violence and an impending apocalyptic event, we are transposed through the quality of acting, diverse roles and grand scale of staging into the world of Westeros,  where contemporary cultural issues and anxieties are explored. 
  3. Stanley Orr, University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu
    I analyze the ways in which celebrated afakasi dramatist John Kneubuhl interprets the television medical drama via Gothic motifs such as alienation, coercion, secrecy, and the grotesque. Kneubuhl’s contributions to Medic, Dr. Kildare, and Ben Casey, I conclude, resonate with his episodes written for Boris Karloff’s Thriller and The Wild Wild West.
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