Deny All Knowledge: Reading The X Files

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David Lavery, Angela Hague, Marla Cartwright
Syracuse University Press, 1996 - Performing Arts - 233 pages
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The X Files is as complex and controversial a phenomenon as the television series Twin Peaks was in the early 1990s. Mysterious and macabre episodes, led by fictional FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, captivate devotees week after week. Contributors to this volume examine the same intricate storylines that challenge viewers. Theoretically sophisticated, however, this book provides a forum for the creative process and a discussion of the state of popular culture as a whole.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Rewriting Popularity
22
DDEB GATB MPPB and Ratboy
36
Are You Now or Have You Ever Been?
52
THE SPECIAL AGENT AND THEXFILES
63
Last Week We Had an Omen
77
THE XFILES UMINALITY AND GENDER PLEASURE
99
Special Agent or Monstrosity?
121
How to Talk the Unknown into Existence
135
The Rebirth of the Clinic
148
You Only Expose Your Father
168
Appendix
207
Index
221
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