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Star Trek and History Race Ing Toward a White Future

Star Trek and History Race Ing Toward a White Future

Star Trek and History Race Ing Toward a White Future

Cultures and civilizations go through cycles of radical transformation, but the white race seems to be headed toward extinction. While the notion may be uncomfortable to many, this is the future they have made for themselves.

Trek

Star Trek and History traces the shifting and reforming meaning of race articulated throughout the Star Trek television series, feature films, and fan community. Daniel Bernardi investigates and politicizes the presentation of race in Star Trek in the original series of the 1960s, the feature films and television spin-offs of the 1980s and 1990s, and the current fan community on the Internet. Through both critical and historical analysis, the book proposes a method of studying the framing of race in popular film and television that integrates sociology, critical theory, and cultural studies.

Bernardi examines the representational and narrative functions of race in Star Trek and explores how the meaning of race in the science fiction series has been facilitated or constrained by creative and network decision-making, by genre, by intertextuality, and by fans. He interprets how the changing social and political movements of the times have influenced the production and meaning of Trek texts and the ways in which the ongoing series negotiated and reflected these turbulent histories. Most significantly, Bernardi tells us why is it important for readers to better understand the articulation of race in this enduring icon of American popular culture. (Source: www.amazon.com)

Book

Dr Bernardi's book, although written a few years ago, is an inspiring critical analysis of Star Trek that should be key for anyone interested in how successful fiction series advance problematic ideologies. The book is especially relevant nowadays, when TV has displaced Cinema as the vanguard of storytelling and we are witnessing, in the last years, and explosion in the number of shows produced and offered to the viewer. As someone writing on current Cable TV shows, I found "Star Trek and History" to be a great starting point that many people should follow when thinking on the representation of race, gender, and cultural hegemony in contemporary fiction. Ultimately, the book represents a line of critical thought that cuts through the hype of TV products in order to expose the ideologies they convey, with no need to dismiss the show itself (so no need for angry Trekkies), but the social anxieties they reflect.

Star Trek and History traces the shifting and reforming meaning of race articulated throughout the Star Trek television series, feature films, and fan community. Daniel Bernardi investigates and politicizes the presentation of race in Star Trek in the original series of the 1960s, the feature films and television spin-offs of the 1980s and 1990s, and the current fan community on the Internet. Through both critical and historical analysis, the book proposes a method of studying the framing of race in popular film and television that integrates sociology, critical theory, and cultural studies. (Source: www.amazon.com)

 

 

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