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[ecrea] New book: Time Travel in Popular Media

Fri May 01 05:10:12 GMT 2015

New collection of essays:

*Time Travel in Popular Media: Essays on Film, Television, Literature
and Video Games*

Edited by Matthew Jones and Joan Ormrod

In recent years numerous films, television series, comic books, graphic
novels and video games have featured time travel narratives, with
characters jumping backward, forward and laterally through time. No
rules govern time travel in these stories. Some characters move by
machine, some by magic, others by unexplained means. Some time travelers
can alter the timeline, while others are prevented from causing temporal
aberrations. The fluid forms of imagined time travel have fascinated
audiences and prompted debate since at least the 19th century.

What is behind our fascination with time travel? What does it mean to be
out of one’s own era? How do different media tell these stories and what
does this reveal about the media’s relationship to time? This collection
of new essays—the first to address time travel across a range of
media—answers these questions by locating time travel narratives within
their cultural, historical and philosophical contexts. Texts discussed
include /Doctor Who, The Terminator, The Georgian House, Save the Date,
Back to the Future, Inception, Source Code/ and many more.

*About the Author(s)*
*Matthew Jones* is a Lecturer in Cinema and Television History at De
Montfort University. He specializes in audiences, memory and genre.

*Joan Ormrod* is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media at
Manchester Metropolitan University and co-founder and editor of /Journal
of Graphic Novels and Comics/.

*Table of Contents*
Introduction: Contexts and Concepts of Time in the Mass Media (*Matthew
Jones* and *Joan Ormro*d)
Philosophy and Theory: Contemporary Philosophy (*Nikk Effingham*)
Time Travel and Temporal Paradox: Deleuze, the ­Time-Image and /Russian
Ark/ (*David Deamer*)
"I flung myself into futurity": H.G. Wells’s Deleuzian Time Machine
(*Michael Starr*)
To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before: Complexity Science and the
/Star Trek/ Reboot (*Matthew Kimberley and Jason N. Dittmer*)
Control Dramas and Play Time: Tales of Redemption and the Temporal
Fantasist (*Jacqueline Furby*)
Culture and History Experiments in Time: The Silent Films of Cecil B.
DeMille (*David Blanke*)
A Spasso nella Commedia: Temporal Journeying Through the Transitional
Landscape of Italian Film Comedy of the 1980s and 1990s (*Giacomo Boitani*)
Remembering the Past for the Future: The Function of Museums in Science
Fiction Time Travel Narratives (*Dolly Jorgensen*)

"Harmonious Synchronicity" and /Eternal Darkness/: Temporal Displacement
in Video Games (*Paul Booth*)
"I belong to the future": Timeslip Drama as History Production in /The
Georgian House/ and /A Traveler in Time/ (*Victoria Byard*)
"Who knows about the future? Perhaps only the dead": Configuring the
­Transtemporal Timespan of /Planet of the Apes/ as a Transmedia Saga
(*Matthew Freeman*)
Time Travel and the "Afterlife" of the Western (*Pete Falconer*)
Temporal Prosthetics and Beautiful Pain: Loss, Memory and Nostalgia in
/Somewhere in Time/, /The Butterfly Effect /and /Safety Not Guaranteed/
(*Travis L. Martin and Owen R. Horton*)
Try Again: The Time Loop as a ­Problem-Solving Process in /Save the
Date/ and /Source Code/ (*Victor ­Navarro-Remesal and Shaila
A Stitch in Time: Film Costume as a Narrative Tool Beyond Time Linearity
(*Elena Trencheva and Sofia Pantouvaki*)
"Downwards is the only way forwards": "Dream Space," Parallel Time and
Selfhood in /Inception/ (*Charles Burnetts*)
"A world without history": Fate, Fantasy and Temporal Fractures in /The
­X-Files/ (*Eleanor Dobson and Rosalind Fursland*)
The Therapeutic Value of Fantasy Revealed Through the Colors of
/Pleasantville/ (*Elissa Nelso*n)
Woody Allen’s (Post)Modern Nostalgia Games: The Critical Rhetoric of
Cinema as Time Machine (*Dario Llinares*)


Timeline of Literature
Asian Time Travel Films and Television Series by Country
Graphic Novels, Comics, Manga and Anime
Video Games
A Selected Webography of Sites Dedicated to Time Travel
Comics, Games, Other Works

Best wishes



*Dr Claire Jenkins
Lecturer in Film and Television Studies*

Department of Art History and Film, University of Leicester,
University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK

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