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Nicholas Sammond considers Disneyland as a text, engaging the amusement park as a textual (and intertextual) object and narrative in relation to Bakhtin’s concept of heteroglossia, in order to expand notions of textuality and its study.
“Smart is the New Cool”: Branding Project MC2’s S.T.E.M. Lifestyle
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Avi Santo explores the ways in which Project MC2 attempts to sell a brand and S.T.E.M to young girls.
Wicked Games, Part I: Twenty-sided Demons
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A history of controversies surrounding tabletop role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons
Miss Representations: No Room for Blackness or Feminism on Mad Men’s Sets
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Whitten Overby argues that the modern architectural spaces and sets in AMC’s Mad Men assert white, patriarchal ideologies that challenge feminist readings of the show and illustrate the show’s shortcomings in exploring issues of racial discrimination.
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Coco Zhou examines the male and female identification process and gender dynamics underlying the shojo figure in Japanese anime and visual and popular culture.
Hybridity, Extratextuality and the Docudrama:
Re-evaluating ‘Spoilers’ in The Jinx
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Laura Minor explores the ambiguity of contemporary documentary forms, examining Andrew Jarecki’s documentary mini-series The Jinx in relation to the television documdrama, analyzing its hybridity, extratextuality, and its presentation of “real life” spoilers.