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#79, Spring 2017

The Velvet Light Trap

Serials, Seriality, and Serialization

Mad Men’s Serially Falling Man
Mark Sandberg
In the Nick of Time?: Detective Film Serials, Temporality, and Contingency Management, 1919–1926
Ruth Mayer
“That Magic Box Lies”: Queer Theory, Seriality, and American Horror Story
Theresa L. Geller and Anna Marie Banker
Girl Reporters and Cyclic Seriality
Zoë Wallin
Suspended Animation: Ace Drummond, Buck Rogers, and the Sustained Desires of Seriality
Justin Morris

Dossier: New Perspectives on Seriality

Movie Stars and Seriality in the 1910s
Richard Abel
Early Mystery-Crime Films, Scientific Seriality, and the Imagination of Wonder
Jennifer M. Bean
Further Thoughts on Play and the Sound Serial
Scott Higgins
From Recursive Progression to Systemic Self-Observation: Elements of a Theory of Seriality
Frank Kelleter
Historicizing the Influence of Soap Opera
Elana Levine
Additionality and Cohesion in Transfictional Worlds
Roberta Pearson
Thickening Seriality: A Chronotopic View of World Building in Contemporary Television Narrative
Babette B. Tischleder

Book Reviews

Star Trek and American Television ed. by Roberta Pearson and Máire Messenger Davies
Reviewed by Nick Bestor
Parables of the Posthuman: Digital Realities, Gaming, the Player Experience by Jonathan Boulter
Reviewed by Byron Fong
Flickers of Film: Nostalgia in the Time of Digital Cinema by Jason Sperb
Reviewed by Peter C. Kunze
The Poitier Effect: Racial Melodrama and Fantasies of Reconciliation by Sharon Willis
Reviewed by Jacqueline Pinkowitz
Cycles, Sequels, Spin-Offs, Remakes, and Reboots: Multiplicities in Film and Television by Amanda Ann Klein and R. Barton Palmer
Reviewed by Ramna Walia
The Fan Fiction Studies Reader ed. by Karen Hellekson and Kristina Busse
Reviewed by Lesley Willard