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Investigating Veronica Mars

Essays on the Teen Detective Series

Rhonda V. Wilcox (Editor), Sue Turnbull (Editor)


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During the course of its three seasons, Veronica Mars captured the attention of fans and academics alike. The 12 scholarly essays in this collection examine the show's most compelling elements. Topics covered include vintage television, the search for the mother, fatherhood, the show's connection to classical Greek paradigms, the anti-hero's journey, rape narrative and meaning, and television fandom. Collectively, these essays reveal how a teen television show--equal parts noir, romance, social realism and father-daughter drama--became a worthy subject for scholarly study.

McFarland & Company, 9780786445349, 202pp.

Publication Date: February 8, 2011

About the Author

Rhonda V. Wilcox is a professor of English at Gordon College. She is the editor of Studies in Popular Culture and the coeditor of Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association. She is the author of one previous book on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and has published numerous essays. Sue Turnbull is the chair of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Wollongong in Australia. She has published broadly in the fields of media education, audience studies and television, with particular attention to the representation of crime in popular culture.