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Making Sense of the Future

Making Sense of the Future

Narrative Destabilization in Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse

(p.205) 14 Making Sense of the Future
Time in Television Narrative
Casey J. Mccormick
University Press of Mississippi

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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