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Making Sense of the Future

Making Sense of the Future

Narrative Destabilization in Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse

Chapter:
(p.205) 14 Making Sense of the Future
Source:
Time in Television Narrative
Author(s):
Casey J. Mccormick
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617032936.003.0015

This chapter uses Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse to examine the new direction of both the science fiction genre and television narratology. The contemporary narrative is highly self-aware, interconnected with other narrative counterparts, and hyperlinked to postmodern culture at large. It is posthuman in nature, because it is deconstructed, temporally complex, nonlinear, and multisubjective. Dollhouse functions as a prototype for this posthuman narrative due to its engagement with cognitive theories that reflect both narrative and thematic concerns.

Keywords:   television shows, television programs, science fiction, television narratology, posthuman narrative

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