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Critical Approaches to Welcome to Night Vale

Podcasting between Weather and the Void

Editors: Weinstock, Jeffrey Andrew (Ed.)

  • Offers the first scholarly volume on Welcome to Night Vale, and one of the few scholarly volumes to address podcasts in any form
  • Presents interdisciplinary perspectives, with contributions from scholars working within the disciplines of English, Sociology, Library and Information Sciences, Rhetoric, Gender Studies, and Film, Television, and Media Studies
  • Edited by Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock, one of the world's leading authorities on the American Gothic across media and literary forms
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With well over one-hundred episodes, the podcast Welcome to Night Vale has spawned several international live tours, two novels set in the Night Vale universe, and an extensive volume of fan fiction and commentary. However, despite its immense popularity, Welcome to Night Vale has received almost no academic scrutiny. This edited collection of scholarly essays—the very first of its kind on a podcast—attempts to redress this lack of attention to Night Vale by bringing together an international group of scholars from different disciplines to consider the program’s form, themes, politics, and fanbase. After a thorough introduction by the volume’s editor, Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock, the eight contributors not only offer close analysis of Night Vale, but use the program as the impetus for broader explorations of new media, gender, the constitution of identity, the construction of place, and the human relationship to meaning and the non-human.

About the authors

Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock is Professor of English at Central Michigan University, USA, and an associate editor for The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts.  He is the author or editor of twenty books, the most recent of which are The Cambridge Companion to the American Gothic, The Age of Lovecraft (with Carl Sederholm), Goth Music: From Sound to Subculture (with Isabella van Elferen), and Return to Twin Peaks: New Approaches to Materiality, Theory, and Genre on Television (with Catherine Spooner). Visit him at JeffreyAndrewWeinstock.com.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction: Between Weather and the Void—Welcome to Night Vale

    Pages 1-22

    Weinstock, Jeffrey Andrew

  • “Everything About Him Was Just Perfect. And I Fell in Love Instantly”: Life and Love in Welcome to Night Vale

    Pages 23-34

    Stobbart, Dawn

  • Our Friendly Desert Town: Alternative Podcast Culture in Welcome to Night Vale

    Pages 35-49

    Hancock, Danielle

  • On Floating Cats, Good Boys, and Shapeshifting Zookeepers: Animals in Night Vale

    Pages 51-67

    Lyn, Heidi

  • “It Would Make More Sense for It to Be There Than Not”: Constructing Night Vale as a “Place”

    Pages 69-81

    McCumber, Andy

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Critical Approaches to Welcome to Night Vale
Book Subtitle
Podcasting between Weather and the Void
Editors
  • Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-93091-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-93091-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-93090-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 138
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