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

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Matthew Jones, Joan Ormrod
McFarland, Mar 18, 2015 - Social Science - 336 pages
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. Sometime 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 others.
 

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Contents

Preface Matthew Jones and Joan Ormrod
1
Contexts and Concepts of Time in the Mass Media Matthew Jones and Joan Ormrod
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Philosophy and Theory
19
Culture and History
91
Narrative and Media Forms
133
Case Studies
233
Appendix 1 Timeline of Literature
286
Appendix 2 Asian Time Travel Films and Television Series by Country
288
Appendix 4 Video Games
294
Appendix 5 A Selected Webography of Sites Dedicated to Time Travel
295
Bibliography
297
Filmography
310
Comics Games Other Works
314
About the Contributors
315
Index
319
Copyright

Appendix 3 Graphic Novels Comics Manga and Animé
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Matthew Jones is a lecturer in cinema and television history at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. He specializes in audiences, memory and genre. Joan Ormrod is a senior lecturer in the Department of Media at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, and co-founder and editor of Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics.

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