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“Play It Again, Sam…and Dean”

Temporality and Meta-Textuality in Supernatural

Chapter:
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Source:
Time in Television Narrative
Author(s):
Michael Fuchs
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617032936.003.0006

This chapter analyzes the television series, Supernatural, which breaks traditional linear narration in numerous episodes. It argues that by departing from a chronological structure and also deconstructing seemingly fixed temporal markers such as death, Supernatural self-reflexively draws attention to the constructed nature of (television) narratives while also highlighting the cultural construction that is the concept of linear time. This program is thus indicative of a larger trend in our contemporary society in which the differentiation between objective and subjective time has evolved into conceiving of temporality as discontinuous and fragmented.

Keywords:   television programs, television series, chronology, temporal markers, television narratives, linear time, temporality

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