Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Invisible Hand in Popular CultureLiberty vs. Authority in American Film and TV$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Paul A. Cantor

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813140827

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813140827.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM KENTUCKY SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.kentucky.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright The University Press of Kentucky, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in KSO for personal use.date: 30 May 2020

Un-American Gothic

Un-American Gothic

The Alien Invasion Narrative and Global Modernity

(p.298) (p.299) 10 Un-American Gothic
The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture

Paul A. Cantor

University Press of Kentucky

Chapter Ten examines the development of a mode of un-American Gothic in alien invasion narratives on television, including The X-Files, Invasion, The Event, V, Fringe, and Falling Skies. These shows reflect widespread anxieties about the spread of global modernity and the resulting undermining of the traditional American way of life. The porousness of U.S. borders is one of the central sources of fear in these shows, and they feature nightmare images of alien-human hybrids and unnatural forms of reproduction. The aliens in these shows are typically associated with superior technology; they offer to cure diseases and solve other pressing problems, but at a high price--the sacrifice of human freedom to an Orwellian surveillance state. The shows present the nuclear family, the church, and other local institutions as the bulwark against the technocratic forces of globalizing modernity.

Keywords:   Un-American Gothic, The X-Files, Invasion, The Event, V, Fringe, Falling Skies, global modernity, alien-human hybrids

Kentucky Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .