Gilligan Unbound by Paul Cantor
Pop Culture in the Age of Globalization

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In Gilligan Unbound, distinguished Shakespeare scholar and literary critic, Paul A. Cantor, proves once and for all that popular culture can be every bit as complex, meaningful, and provocative as the most celebrated works of literature--and a lot more fun. Cantor analyzes and interprets a wide variety of classic television programs with the same seriousness, care, and creativity as he would Hamlet or Macbeth to reveal how dramatically America's image of itself has evolved from the 1960s to the present. Visit our website for sample chapters!

About Paul Cantor

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Paul A. Cantor has taught at Harvard University and currently is professor of English at the University of Virginia. He served on the National Council on the Humanities from 1992 to 1999. He is the author of books and numerous essays on Shakespeare, Romanticism, literary theory, comparative literature, and many other subjects.
Published November 28, 2001 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.. 304 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Playful applications of a literary critic’s tools to shows like The Simpsons and The X-Files drew interested responses and soon found a niche, then the present volume, in which Cantor contrasts The Simpsons and The X-Files with Gilligan’s Island and Star Trek by arguing that the latter two reflec...

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At his best (as when Cantor discusses the meaning of Shakespearean quotes in Star Trek), he resembles cultural studies guru Margery Garber (Academic Instincts), but too often Cantor's conservative political bent prevents him from accurately interpreting his material.

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Providing an in-depth study of Gilligan’s Island, Star Trek, The Simpsons, and The X-Files, the author examines what each series reflected about America in its era.

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