Supernatural, Humanity, and the Soul

On the Highway to Hell and Back

Authors: George, Susan A.

Editors: Hansen, R. (Ed.)

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Through nine seasons the TV show Supernatural has delved into social, philosophical, literary, and theological themes that not only add depth to the show, but reflect our era's intellectual concerns. This book contextualizes Supernatural within the renaissance of the fantastic in pop culture and traces its roots in folklore and Biblical narrative.

About the authors

KT Torrey, Virginia Technical University, USA Elisabeth G. Wolfe, independent scholar Patricia Grosse, Villanova University, USA Cait Coker, Texas A and M University, USA Candace Benefiel, Texas A and M University, USA Sharon D. King, University of California, Los Angeles, USA Rebecca-Anne C. Do Rozario, Monash University, Australia Erin Giannini, University of East Anglia, UK Ralph Beliveau, University of Oklahoma, USA Laura Bolf-Beliveau, University of Central Oklahoma, USA Lugene Rosen, Chapman University, USA Rhonda Nicol, Illinois State University, USA Charlotte Howell, University of Texas at Austin, USA Gregory J. Robinson, George Mason University, USA

Reviews

"For years, Supernatural has been one of television's most engaging and provocative series. By analyzing the show's proficiency at deconstructing and reconstructing traditional concepts of theology, mythology, and gender within the context of postmodern popular culture, George and Hansen's critical anthology goes a long way toward explaining the series' resilience - making this volume a must read for any serious watcher of the Winchesters." - Mary Pharr, co-editor of Of Bread, Blood and The Hunger Games: Critical Essays on the Suzanne Collins Trilogy (2012)

"Supernatural, Humanity, and the Soul is an essential collection of important new pieces on Supernatural. Together they deliver a nuanced theological, philosophical, and gender-based analysis that revels in the series' multi-layered complexity. At once engaging, illuminating, and thought-provoking, this book offers valuable new approaches to, and insights into, this popular series. It is a must for all seekers of knowledge about the weird and wonderful world of the Winchesters." - Simon Brown, Television and Film Scholar, Kingston University, UK

"Hansen and George take the readers on an illuminating journey through the social and political intricacies that underpin the success and longevity of Supernatural. Offering fresh insight, the authors included in this anthology examine the show's preoccupation with what it means to be human in the twenty-first century. Written with the passion of a hunter and the scholarly rigor of the Men of Letters, this book is a must-read for enthusiasts, students, researchers, and future hunters." - Stacey Abbott, author of Angel: TV Milestone (2009) and co-editor of TV Goes to Hell: An Unofficial Road Map of Supernatural (2011)


Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Highway to Hell and Back

    Hansen, Regina M. (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • Deconstructing the Apocalypse? Supernatural’s Postmodern Appropriation of Angelic Hierarchies

    Hansen, Regina M.

    Pages 13-26

  • The Greatest of These: The Theological Virtues and the Problem of an Absent God in Supernatural

    Wolfe, Elisabeth G.

    Pages 27-40

  • Suffering Nuclear Reactors: Depictions of the Soul from Plato to Supernatural

    Grosse, Patricia L.

    Pages 41-52

  • “We’re Justchrw… Food and Perverse Entertainment”: Supernatural’s New God and the Narrative Objectification of Sam and Dean

    Torrey, K. T.

    Pages 53-65

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Supernatural, Humanity, and the Soul
Book Subtitle
On the Highway to Hell and Back
Authors
Editors
  • R. Hansen
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Susan A. George and Regina M. Hansen
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-41256-0
DOI
10.1057/9781137412560
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-41255-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-48961-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 223
Number of Illustrations and Tables
15 b/w illustrations
Topics